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Description

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.

Log

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

1950-11-02

Place of Birth

Warren (Ohio)

Gender

Male

Race

White - Non Hispanic

Home State

Ohio

War or Conflict

Vietnam Era

Status

Veteran

Begin/End date of Service - 1st

Unspecified

1971-05-01

Entrance into Service

Enlisted

Branch of Service

U.S. Army

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

Highest Rank

Staff Sergeant; SSG

Prisoner of War

No

Service Related Injury

Yes

Battles

Unspecified

Medals

Good Conduct Medal; Vietnam Service Medal; Purple Heart; Army Commendation Medal; Oak Leaf Cluster Valor

Achievements

See interview for details.

Note

The veteran stayed in Valley Forge Hospital, Vietnam.

City of Birth

Warren

Country of Birth

United States

Interviewer

Crespo, Jared

Interview Date

Fall 11-3-2018

Location of Interview

Faith Lutheran Church, Naples, Florida

Subjects

Norton, Jr., Franklin Lee; 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

Contributors

Crespo, Jared

Length of Interview

62 Minutes

Publisher

Department of History, University of Central Florida

Type

Video; MovingImage

Rights

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/

Repository

University of Central Florida Libraries, Special Collections & University Archives

Contributing Project

UCF Community Veterans History Project

Document Type

Interview


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