Interview with Bert R. Francis and Arlayne Francis, February 15, 2018

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 in detail about various aspects of the attack on Cam L? Combat Base on August 26, 1966. He discusses the base's defenses, weapons, the enemy's objective, and the experience of being under fire. He also discusses his role during Operation Prairie as a member of the artillery and talks about the strategies, effectiveness, and gives a detailed description of how the artillery operated. He discusses other aspects of the war, including relationships with Vietnamese civilians, soldiers' mentality and morale during the war, his week of R&R in Hong Kong, how the U.S. forces were hampered by the rules of engagement, and gives many examples of friendly fire that he witnessed.

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2018oh138_honor018

Interviewee Name

Bert R. Francis

Arlayne Francis

Interviewer Name

Jeffrey Suchanek

Interview Date

2018-02-15

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Francis, Bert R. Interview by Jeffrey Suchanek. 15 Feb. 2018. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Francis, B.R. (2018, February 15). 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. February 15, 2018, Kentucky Honor Flight Veterans Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.





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