Oral History interview of Lou Bell. Interview conducted by Caleb Robinson at Westminster Towers, Orlando, FL.
0:26 Birth and Location; 0:35 Parents; 2:10 Family; 2:57 Schooling before service; 3:14 Family in the service; 3:52 Entry into service; 4:49 Family and friends feelings towards entering service; 6:00 Initial training; 7:05 Advanced training; 7:47 Stationed; 8:48 Typical duties; 11:11 Time in Guantanamo Bay; 12:42 Bay of Pigs; 17:40 Vietnam; 19:00 Hospital Ward hit by mortar; 22:04 First duty in Portsmouth Virginia; 24:29 Thanksgiving in Cuba; 27:15 Charleston; 28:50 Treatment in Navy; 29:02 Contact with family; 32:12 Entertainment on deploy; 34:14 Time on leave; 36:25 College protests; 38:29 Earning of Medals; 40:42 Military change in treatment of women; 44:54 Enjoyment of Navy career.
Date of Birth
Place of Birth
War or Conflict
Begin/End date of Service - 1st
Entrance into Service
Branch of Service
Unit of Service
Navy Nurse Corps
Location of Service
Virginia; South Carolina; Guantanamo Bay (Cuba); Pittsburgh (Pa.); Dan Ang (Vietnam); Maryland; Philadelphia (Pa.)
Lieutenant Commander; LCDR
Prisoner of War
Service Related Injury
Navy Commendation Medal; Navy Achievement Medal; Navy Unit Commendation; Meritorious Unit Commendation
See video for details.
Went to school during service at Boston University and University of Florida.
City of Birth
Country of Birth
Location of Interview
Westminster Towers, Orlando, FL.
Bell, Lou E.; Vietnam War, 1961-1975 -- Personal Narratives; Women and the military -- United States; United States. Navy
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
Length of Interview
Department of History, University of Central Florida
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UCF Community Veterans History Project
Lou, Bell E., "Bell, Lou E. interview" (2015). Veterans Oral Histories. 401.