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General Charles Campbell

Louisiana Legends



Genre: Interview

Place Covered: Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2010-09-07

Duration: 00:27:07

Subjects: Campbell, Charles C. | Military | United States. Army | Williams, T. Harry (Thomas Harry), 1909-1979 | Vietnam War, 1961-1975 | Soviet Union | Persian Gulf War, 1991 | Terrorism | Hurricane Katrina, 2005 | Hurricane Rita, 2005


  • Courtney, Beth Host
  • Allen, Gary Producer
  • Godoy, Al Producer
  • Campbell, Charles Interviewee


This episode of the series “Louisiana Legends” from September 7, 2010, features an interview with General Charles Campbell conducted by Beth Courtney. Campbell, a native of Shreveport, served as the 17th Commanding General for the United States Army Forces Command (FORSCOM). He discusses: studying history at LSU; the usefulness of the humanities; his professor, T. Harry Williams; his role in commanding special forces during the Vietnam War; the tradition of military service in his family; working with the armory in Fort Hood, Texas; his time with the military in Europe; the collapse of the Soviet Union; the effects of changing technology on the military; the 1991 Gulf War; the threats of terrorism and adapting to a changing enemy; supporting soldiers coming back from war; the increasing activation of the National Guard; what it means to be a Louisianan; and seeing Hurricanes Katrina and Rita from Korea.