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Oral History interview of Chris Bischoff. Interview conducted by Grande, John at University of Central Florida.


0:29 Birth place and date; 0:34 Family Occupations; 0:44 Growing Up; 1:47 Education Prior to Service; 2:05 Family history in the Military; 2:21 National mood toward the war, prior to service; 2:52 Entering the service; 3:05 Influence in joining the Army; 3:35 The Enlistment Process; 4:27 Basic Training Experience; 5:31 Drill Sergeants in Basic Training; 5:51 Memorable Moments from Basic Training; 7:41 Advanced Training; 8:25 Going to Officer Candidate School; 9:20 Duration of Officer Candidate School; 11:06 Leave and Liberty at Officer Candidate School; 12:06 Being sent to Vietnam; 12:50 Arriving in Vietnam; 14:45 Explanation of tracer rounds; 15:42 Areas of operation in Vietnam; 16:54 Communicating with family in Vietnam; 18:07 How well supplied the unit was during the war; 18:35 Food in Vietnam; 20:10 Being away from home; 21:33 Fun and entertainment; 22:10 Building Projects in Vietnam; 23:27 Experience with working the Vietnamese; 24:38 Going back to Vietnam and speaking with a Village Chief; 26:55 Leave and Liberty in Vietnam; 29:53 Humorous events while serving in Vietnam; 33:25 Discussion on his interpreter and working with him; 35:14 Frequency of operations; 37:02 Experience of coming home from Vietnam; 38:38 Discussion on whether we lost or won the war; 39:09 Working with other U.S. Military Forces; 39:59 Discharge from the Army; 41:29 Most Memorable Day in the Army; 41:52 Day of Officer Commission; 43:58 Medals, Awards, and Citations; 44:26 Highest Rank Achieved in the Army; 45:55 Infantry School Class Reunion; 48:04 If he would change anything about his military service; 49:33 U.S.S. New Jersey Battleship; 50:25 Experience going to college as a Veteran; 53:17 Vietnamese Gallantry Cross; 54:45 Reunion photo and Running the Committee; 59:17 CEO of Vietnam Brotherhood; 1:02:00 Brotherhood of the Military; 1:08:22 Conclusion.

Date of Birth


Place of Birth

Perth Amboy (N.J.)





Home State

New Jersey

War or Conflict

Vietnam Era



Begin/End date of Service - 1st



Entrance into Service


Branch of Service

U.S. Army

Unit of Service

5th Special Forces Group

Location of Service

Vietnam; Fort Benning (Ga.); Fort Dix (N.J.); Fort Meade (S.D.)

Highest Rank

Captain; CPT

Prisoner of War


Service Related Injury





Purple Heart; Air Medal; Bronze Star; International Defense Ribbon; Good Conduct Medal


Program coordinator for Phoenix program- funded by the CIA.


Initially enlisted, then commissioned.

City of Birth

Perth Amboy

Country of Birth

United States


Grande, John

Interview Date

Fall 10-20-2016

Location of Interview

University of Central Florida


Bischoff, Francis C.; Vietnam War, 1961-1975 -- Personal Narratives; United States. Army

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


Grande, John

Length of Interview

68 Minutes


Department of History, University of Central Florida


Video; MovingImage


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. http://library.ucf.edu/about/departments/special-collections-university-archives/


University of Central Florida Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives

Contributing Project

UCF Community Veterans History Project

Document Type