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General Robert Barrow (1983)

Louisiana Legends



Genre: Interview

Place Covered: Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 1983-10-17

Duration: 00:28:12

Subjects: Veterans | Vietnam War, 1961-1975 | Barrow, Robert H. | United States. Marine Corps. | Military


  • Weill, Gus Host
  • Grigsby-Breazeale, Kathryn Producer
  • Barrow, Robert Interviewee


This episode of the series “Louisiana Legends” from October 17, 1983, features an interview with General Robert Barrow conducted by Gus Weill. General Barrow, a native of St. Francisville, served in World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War. He was the 27th Commandant of the Marine Corps from 1979-1983. He discusses: the most significant events of his 41-year military career; the Vietnam War; the preparedness of the Marine Corps during peacetime; the effect of his Southern upbringing on military leadership; the pros and cons of growing up in a military family; the Marine Corps experience; the role of drill instructors; and his reasons for returning to Louisiana. This interview was filmed at the official home of the Marine Corps Commandant in Washington, D.C.