Oral history interview of Mr. Franklin Lee Norton, Jr. Interview conducted by Jared Crespo at Faith Lutheran Church in Naples, Florida on November 3, 2018.
0:22 Birthplace and mother; 1:35 Father's occupational and military experience; 3:40 Siblings; 4:22 Reasons for joining the Army; 5:57 Parent's reaction to joining the Army; 7:16 Retrospective thoughts on being in the Army; 8:47 Impression of training in the Army; 9:33 Specialized training after basic; 10:32 American Division in Vietnam; 11:42 Adapting to diversity in the military; 13:29 Racial disunity in the military; 14:35 Duties as a Staff Sergeant; 16:16 Anecdotes from Vietnam; 19:44 Memorable soldiers serving in Vietnam; 20:42 Injury in Vietnam; 26:50 Response to Injury; 28:13 Unit Morale; 29:40 Community Reception upon Return; 31:08 Prejudices at school; 32:50 Media portrayal of Vietnam; 34:43 Concerns with civilians; 36:00 Employment after service; 37:40 Valley Forge Army Hospital, Ward 4CD; 39:16 Post-service integration to civilian life; 41:00 Snow Skiing as an amputee; 42:52 Meeting fellow veterans; 43:42 Thoughts on service; 44:20 Working on farms; 45:24 Joining the ministry; 46:42 Family in military; 47:17 VA aided physical activity as an amputee; 49:08 Woodworking; 50:19 Awards; 53:07 Progression of troop appreciation; 54:55 Thoughts on militaries and war; 56:07 Advice for potential soldiers; 58:10 Family and legacy; 1:40:00 Closing thoughts.
Date of Birth
Place of Birth
White - Non Hispanic
War or Conflict
Begin/End date of Service - 1st
Entrance into Service
Branch of Service
Unit of Service
Company D, 1st Battalion, 20th Infantry, American Division
Location of Service
Fort Campbell (Ky. and Tenn.); Fort Polk (La.); Fort Benning (Ga.); Vietnam
Staff Sergeant; SSG
Prisoner of War
Service Related Injury
Good Conduct Medal; Vietnam Service Medal; Purple Heart; Army Commendation Medal; Oak Leaf Cluster Valor
See interview for details.
The veteran stayed in Valley Forge Hospital, Vietnam.
City of Birth
Country of Birth
Location of Interview
Faith Lutheran Church, Naples, Florida
Norton, Jr., Franklin Lee; 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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