Oral History interview of Norman H. French. Interview conducted by Gideon French in Winter Garden, FL.
0:30 Family and childhood; 2:10 Education and joining the Marine Corps; 2:40 Basic training; 3:41 Discharge and return to Massachusetts; 5:11 Work for Westinghouse Electric Corporation; 5:48 Involvement with historical society; 7:25 Move to Charlottesville, Virginia; 8:00 Review by General Alexander Vandergrift; 9:30 Health; 10:50 Family military history; 11:42 Life in the Marines; 14:35 Boot camp; 15:51 Quantico barracks; 17:09 Arrival in California; 18:04 Assignment in the Marines; 19:00 Joining the Masons; 19:52 Quantico staff sergeant; 21:01 Friends from the Marines; 22:16 Contact with family and entertainment in the Marines; 23:07 Leave; 23:55 Medals and final rank; 24:22 Occupation after the Marines; 27:42 Gratefulness to family; 28:26 End of interview.
Date of Birth
Place of Birth
White - Non Hispanic
War or Conflict
World War II
Begin/End date of Service - 1st
Entrance into Service
Branch of Service
Unit of Service
Location of Service
Cherry Pt. (N. C.); Quantico (Va.); El Toro Santa Anna (Calif.)
Private First Class; PFC
Prisoner of War
Service Related Injury
See video for details.
City of Birth
Country of Birth
Location of Interview
Winter Garden, FL.
French, Norman H.; World War, 1939-1945 -- Personal Narratives; United States. Marines
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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Norman, French H., "French, Norman H. interview" (2017). Veterans Oral Histories. 573.