Speaker: Robert Franks
Every speaker on the Vietnam War has a different story to tell, as all have different experiences, at different times and in different places. In this lecture, speaker Robert Franks will tell his story. Vietnam Veterans have drawn together partially because of their reception (or lack thereof) when they returned home. We greet each other with "Welcome Home, Bro" and possibly ask when they were there and where they served. Some served early in the war, guarding air bases. Between 1966 and 1967 (when Bob served) soldiers were more likely in the field and engaging in combat. After the TET offensive, there was mop-up and a more defensive role.
Bob will expand on the above ideas and explain his experiences as an Airborne Infantry Platoon Leader with the First Cavalry Division. Mr. Franks served in Vietnam in 1966 and 1967. He was awarded the Silver Star, Bronze Star Medal with "V" Device (Valor) and Air Medal. Prior to Vietnam, he graduated from Infantry Officer Candidate School as a 2nd Lt, then went to Airborne School and was awarded his jump wings.