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Oral History interview of Bill Franklin. Interview conducted by Wilt, Ashley at CREOL Building, UCF, Orlando, FL.


0:00-1:59 Childhood; 2:00-2:34 Joining Maine Corps; 2:35-4:20 Influencing factors to join; 4:21-15:50 Knowledge of war prior to military, serving at various bases, attending Officer Candidate School, Basic School, West Point; 15:51-25:17 Stationed in Vietnam, Embarkation Officer, 22 days at Sea, Custody card; 25:20-28:45 Camp Pendleton, Reactionary Support, response to demonstrations, returns to Cherry Point (his beginnings), flight school 1971-197 4, time in Cuba; 28:46-30:02 Getting drafted from military and told not to renew contract; 30:03-33:13 Life after military, returning to school, working security and program management at UCF CREOL; 33:14-34:03 Follow-up of OCS; 34:04-35:35 Moving gear on return from Vietnam; 35:36-41:35 Protests and demonstrations and history of American involvements in war; Economy needs war to survive; 41:36-44:01 Influence of military on rest of life; 44:02-end Conclusion.



War or Conflict

Vietnam Era

Interview Date


Collection Description

Contains logs, audio and video recordings of interviews with Central Florida's veterans as part of a history class project for the students at the University of Central Florida (UCF). The UCF Community Veterans History Project(CVHP) started in fall 2010. It collects, preserves, and makes accessible to the public the experiences of Central Florida's veterans so that future generations will better understand the realities of conflict. It is a collaborative endeavor supported by multiple departments and offices at UCF. The veterans' histories are archived and made digitally available through the UCF library and selected materials are contributed to the Veterans History Project at the Library of Congress.

Contributor Affiliation / Organization

RICHES; University of Central Florida


Department of History, University of Central Florida


All rights are held by the respective holding institution. This material is posted publicly for non-profit educational uses, excluding printed publication. For permission to reproduce and/or for copyright information contact Special Collections and University Archives, University of Central Florida Libraries, (407) 823-2576.


University of Central Florida Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives

Contributing Project

UCF Community Veterans History Project

Document Type