Student-Veteran Oral History Project


Robert Franklin Interview

Narrator Name

Robert Franklin

Streaming Media

Interviewer Name

Caroline Cockrell

Context for Interview

The narrator is a student veteran at the USC Aiken and agreed to share his personal experiences.

Brief Description of Interview

The interview begins with a recollection of the narrator's childhood, hometown, and personal relationships with his parents. He then goes into detail about his high school experiences and how his high school ROTC instructor influenced him to join the military. He then leads into a recount of his time at the Naval Station in Great Lakes, Michigan, and his other military units and stories. The narrator shares very detailed descriptions of his different training and how it affected him personally. We then entered into the topic of his retirement and how he wanted to be home with his family and be able to watch over his grandchildren while his children carried out their own military deployments. When asked about his experiences as a veteran at USC Aiken, he replied that USCA is a terrific place to be a student veteran and spoke briefly of the different programs that veterans can get involved in, since he is the Vice President of the Student Veteran's Organization at USCA. To wrap up the interview, the narrator talked of his future plans of being a history teacher at Silver Bluff High School because he wants to "Warp the minds of the future."

**Note: the video interview cuts off a few minutes early, because of a technical glitch. The full interview transcript is available below.

Location of Interview


Duration of Interview

47 minutes

Date of Birth



Arlington, VA



Dates of Service


Branch/Units of Service

Navy; corpsman; 3rd Battalion/10th Marine Artillery, 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit; USS Whidbey Island; 2nd Marine Division; 4th Medical Battalion

Theaters/Locations of Service

Naval Hospital, Beaufort SC; Camp Lejeune, NC; Desert Storm/Desert Shield; Liberia; Alaska; Marietta, GA; Parris Island, SC; Camp Pendleton, CA

Highest Rank Attained

Petty Officer 1st Class

Major Course of Study

Secondary Education