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Ben Franklin Oral History

 Collection
Identifier: MS-3186

This collection consists of three interview transcriptions with Ben Franklin on from 2004-2005 by G. Kurt Piehler, John B. Romeiser, and Braum Lincoln Denton. In the interviews, Franklin details his childhood in Knoxville, TN and his service in the U.S. Army during World War II.

Dates

  • 2004 October 20-2005 March 10

Language

The material in this collection is in English.

Conditions Governing Access

Manuscript and University Archives collections are stored offsite, and a minimum of 24 hours is needed to retrieve these items for use. Researchers interested in consulting any of the collections are advised to contact Special Collections.

Conditions Governing Use

The copyright interests in this collection remain with the creator. For more information, contact the Special Collections Library.

Extent

0.1 Linear Feet (1 folder)

Abstract

This collection consists of three interview transcriptions with Ben Franklin on from 2004-2005 by G. Kurt Piehler, John B. Romeiser, and Braum Lincoln Denton. In the interviews, Franklin details his childhood in Knoxville, TN and his service in the U.S. Army during World War II.

Biographical/Historical Note

Benjamin C. Franklin was born on January 19, 1925 in Knoxville, TN to Carl and Irene Franklin. He enlisted in the U.S. Army after the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Throughout World War II, Franklin served in the African, Italian, and European theaters of war. Most notably, he landed with the assault wave with the First Infantry Division on Omaha Beach, Normany, France on June 6, 1944. He served in the army until 1963 before retiring as a Command Sergeant Major and received several military awards such as WWII Victory Medal and the French Legion of Honor. He married Ute B. Keicher in 1948 while stationed in Germany. He passed away on January 19, 2012, his 87th birthday, and is buried in Knoxville.

Arrangement

This folder consists of one folder.

Repository Details

Part of the Betsey B. Creekmore Special Collections and University Archives, The University of Tennessee, Knoxville Repository

Contact:
The University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Knoxville TN 37996 USA
865-974-4480