Interview with Bert R. Francis and Arlayne Francis, March 21, 2018

Project: Kentucky Honor Flight Veterans Oral History Project

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Bert Francis talks about the typical patrol activities of the American infantry, and also the tactical situation and movements of the opposing military forces in Vietnam and Laos in late 1966 and early 1967. He talks about being relocated to the Da Nang area and moving his artillery unit to the military base PK-17. Francis talks about his experiences while serving at Phu Bai, which was not a safe area, and his interactions with superiors over the rules of engagement. He talks about his attitude in the final days of his first tour. Francis talks about heading back to the U.S. from Vietnam at the end of his first tour and how attitudes toward the war had changed by the time he returned. He outlines his assignments and where he was stationed for the Marine Corps during the time between his first tour and second tour in Vietnam. Bert Francis' wife Arlayne talks about her life and experiences living in Whitesburg, Kentucky, while her husband was serving in Vietnam during his first tour. She talks about the period of adjustment that occurred when her husband returned him from his first tour in Vietnam. Arlayne talks about how serving in Vietnam affected her husband's personality from her perspective. She discusses her bitterness with the way that the war and veterans were being portrayed.

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2018oh167_honor019

Interviewee Name

Bert R. Francis

Arlayne Francis

Interviewer Name

Jeffrey Suchanek

Interview Date

2018-03-21

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Francis, Bert R. Interview by Jeffrey Suchanek. 21 Mar. 2018. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Francis, B.R. (2018, March 21). 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. March 21, 2018, Kentucky Honor Flight Veterans Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.





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