Aug 1

Vietnam Era NROTC Programs

Thursday, August 1, 2019 12:01 AM

By

A. Prentice Kenyon

A. Prentice Kenyon

In this audio excerpt from his oral history, Mr. Kenyon describes how many of the leading institutions of higher learning severed their ties with Navy ROTC during the turbulent Vietnam War years, and how “We had some rough conversations with the school administrations at that time.”

Mr. Kenyon retired in 1973 after serving the Navy since 1941, first as an officer and later as a civil servant. In this memoir, he reviews the history of education and training in the Navy, organization within the Navy, transition from old to the current systems, some problems encountered along the way, tools of teaching, educational incentives, some officers who have been influential in the educational programs, and the future outlook for Navy education and training.

A Marine holding his M16 rifle stands between the bamboo buildings of a "Vietnamese" village constructed for training purposes at Camp Pendleton, CA.

A Marine holding his M16 rifle stands between the bamboo buildings of a “Vietnamese” village constructed for training purposes at Camp Pendleton, CA. The Robert de Gast Collection, United States Naval Institute

 

To read more about the Naval Institute Oral History Program, go to https://www.usni.org/press/oral-histories.