Index to the Mark Fischer Interview,

Veterans History Project Collection,

Record Group 024

NARRATOR:  Mark Fischer

BIOGRAPHY:  Mark Fischer, at the time of this oral history interview, is working as an urologist in Dothan. He has a wife and two sons and resides in the Dothan area.  Mr. Fischer was born in Minute, North Dakota, where he attended high school.  He was attending college at the University of Colorado when he decided to join the army.  He joined the army in January of 1970 and served in the Vietnam War.  Mr. Fischer feels that the time spent in the military changed his life in a positive way.  The military taught him deeper responsibility and he feels the army made him a better student.  His time spent in the military is the reason he became the man he is and for the life he has created.

Birthdate: October 15, 1950

OCCUPATION: Urologist

INTERVIEWER:  Bernard Karabin

DATE: July 22, 2003

PLACE: Fischer residence

GENERAL TOPIC OF INTERVIEW: The veteran life history of Mr. Mark Fischer and the effects of the military on his life.

Date processed:   5-2005
Processed By:
M. Olliff


TOPICAL INDEX OF FISCHER INTERVIEW

No. of tapes: 1

No. of sides: 2

Length of tape: 40 minutes

Initials

Side

Counter

Topic

MF

1

001

Introduction

MF

1

004

Name:  Military Branch

MF

1

006

Introduction to military service

MF

1

007

University of Colorado

MF

1

008

Joined the Army

MF

1

012

Enlisted in North Dakota

MF

1

013

Basic Training

MF

1

015

Leadership School

MF

1

016

AIT

MF

1

018

Jump School

MF

1

021

Volunteered for Vietnam

MF

1

024

Description of Vietnam

MF

1

025

Oakland Army Base

MF

1

027

4th Infantry Divisoin

MF

1

032

Description of Duty

MF

1

038

Greatest impression war left on his life

MF

1

039

Time overseas

MF

1

045

Positive aspects of the military

MF

1

047

Changes as an individual

MF

1

051

Study skills

MF

1

053

Better student

MF

1

055

Negative aspects of military

MF

1

058

Physical and mental difficulties

MF

1

062

Do not learn everything about yourself

MF

1

063

Trauma (scared)

MF

1

068

Being married and drafted

MF

1

073

Personal opinion about Vietnam

MF

1

075

Not knowing where you're going or why you’re there

MF

1

077

Iraq (example)

MF

1

082

Fighting an unknown enemy

MF

1

086

Making use of what was available

MF

1

090

Weather conditions

MF

1

102

U.S. in Vietnam (then)

MF

1

108

U.S. in Vietnam (now)

MF

1

113

Outlook on life or time spent in the military now

MF

1

115

Good on a professional and personal level

MF

1

119

Puts limits on fear

MF

1

124

Made life easier

MF

1

128

Learn not to take things for granted

MF

1

132

Memories of war

MF

1

144

Pre Military years

MF

1

145

Birthplace

MF

1

147

Description of birthplace

MF

1

153

Education

MF

1

155

Joined the army

MF

1

157

Childhood memories

MF

1

160

Flashlight tag

MF

1

160

Backyard football

MF

1

161

Basketball

MF

1

162

High school sports

MF

1

166

Possible changes of the past

MF

1

170

Would not change things

MF

1

180

Vietnam (in detail)

MF

1

185

First shots

MF

1

192

Difference in shots

MF

1

210

Knowledge of gun shots

MF

1

217

Cambodian Invasion

MF

1

218

Laos Invasion

MF

1

220

Wounded in battle

MF

1

223

Combat Base Dong Ha

MF

1

228

Watching the war

MF

1

247

Hard times (wounded)

MF

1

259

Talking to your mom

MF

1

270

Description of wound

MF

1

293

Laos (Historical aspect)

MF

1

312

Tet (Vietnamese holiday)

MF

1

359

Basic Training

MF

1

369

Physical Training

MF

1

382

Motivation

MF

1

395

Exercise

MF

1

412

Gas Training

MF

2

427

Preparation for war

MF

2

445

Skill Training

MF

2

447

Artillery

MF

2

450

Function of Artillery

MF

2

469

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