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Interview with Frank Vavrek
Laura M. Calkins, PhD
Interview Date
03 February 2004
Frank Vavrek Collection
Media Type
Oral History
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(USA) LTCOL Frank Vavrek was born in Harrisburg PA in 1943 and volunteered for the infantry in 1963. He completed Basic and Advanced Training at Fort Jackson SC. Having also completed Ranger School, he graduated from OCS at Fort Benning GA in 1965. Frank arrived in Vietnam in August 1965 as a platoon commander in the 1/8 Cav of the First Cavalry Division, and served a full tour in that post. After two years as an instructor with the Ranger School in Florida, Frank again served in Vietnam August 1968-June 1969, this time first as commanding officer of Delta Company, 1/8 Cav, in the Quang Tri area. Later he became First Brigade intelligence officer in the Tay Ninh area, and then 1/8 Cav intelligence officer in III Corps. Frank also served as OCS Company Commander at Ft Benning, as Operations Officer at the Jungle Warfare School in Panama, and as curriculum coordinator at Fort Monroe VA. After retiring from the Army in 1983, Frank launched a second career as a civil service employee of the US Navy, in acquisitions operations for laser-guided targeting systems for the FA18 Hornet aircraft.
Interview with Frank Vavrek,  03 February 2004, Frank Vavrek Collection, The Vietnam Center and Archive, Texas Tech University. Accessed 27 Nov. 2015. <>.
Pub. Credit Line
OH0343, Frank Vavrek Collection, The Vietnam Center and Archive, Texas Tech University
Added: 11 Feb 2004[Updated: 1 Feb 2008]