Interview with Bert R. Francis and Arlayne Francis, November 27, 2017

Project: Kentucky Honor Flight Veterans Oral History Project

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Bert Francis served two tours of duty in the Vietnam War as a Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Marine Corps. In this interview, he talks about joining the Marine Corps and choosing Twentynine Palms, California as his duty station. He and his wife talk about what life was like there before he left for Vietnam, and his wife discusses her life as a military spouse. Bert Francis talks about the types of training he recieved both at Twentynine Palms and elsewhere during his career with the Marine Corps. He describes the promotion system in the Corps, their emphasis on continuing education, and the difference between the Marine Corps and other branches of the military. He discusses the integration of the military and how his job as a recruiter was affected by the civil rights movement and Vietnam War protests. He discusses Marines' awareness of the growing conflict in Vietnam, the types of training he received to prepare him for the war, and the types of weapons and equipment he used in country. Francis discusses the effects of a military draft, and the stereotype of rigidity in the military.

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2017oh741_honor014

Interviewee Name

Bert R. Francis

Arlayne Francis

Interviewer Name

Jeffrey Suchanek

Interview Date

2017-11-27

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Francis, Bert R. Interview by Jeffrey Suchanek. 27 Nov. 2017. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Francis, B.R. (2017, November 27). Interview by J. Suchanek. Kentucky Honor Flight Veterans Oral History Project. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.

Francis, Bert R., interview by Jeffrey Suchanek. November 27, 2017, Kentucky Honor Flight Veterans Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.





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