Oral History interview of Frank Elkins. Interview conducted by Grande, John at Orlando, FL.
0:23 Birthplace; 0:34 Parents; 1:07 Siblings; 1:23 Childhood; 1:42 Education, Mechanics; 2:49 Being Drafted; 3:16 Being Sent to Vietnam; 6:18 Reaction to Being Drafted, Basic Training; 10:03 Grandson; 11:52 Arriving In Vietnam, Vietcong; 16:54 Supplies; 19:47 Routine Day; 23:29 Brotherhood; 25:24 Days Not According to Plan; 27:27 Mail Correspondence; 29:03 Entertainment, Boxing; 30:58 Combat Experiences; 37:40 Adjusting to Combat; 38:59 Losing Men, Wounded, Becoming Numb; 43:37 Medevac Experience, Fort Knox; 46:18 Completing the GED, College Courses; 50:32 Last Day of Service, Coming Home; 54:00 Starting a Business, Bangladesh Revolution; 56:25 Medals and Citations; 56:38 Highest Rank Received, Military Life; 1:01:47 Women In Vietnam; 1:04:15 Wounded (Continued), Combat (Continued); 1:10:35 Vietnam Footage; 1:12:00 Being American; 1:13:46 Theory of the Tree; 1:15:10 End of Interview.
Date of Birth
Place of Birth
War or Conflict
Begin/End date of Service - 1st
Entrance into Service
Branch of Service
Unit of Service
553rd Engineer Battalion
Location of Service
Vietnam; Fort Knox (Ky.); Philippines; Alaska
E-4; Corporal; CPL
Prisoner of War
Service Related Injury
Purple Heart; Good Conduct Medal; Vietnam Service Medal
The veteran stayed 6 Months in Walter Reed.
The veteran is a Combat Engineer and is comfortable in discussing combat.
City of Birth
Country of Birth
Location of Interview
Elkins, Franklin L.; Vietnam War, 1961-1975 -- Personal Narratives; United States. Army
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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Franklin, Elkins L., "Elkins, Franklin L. interview" (2016). Veterans Oral Histories. 490.