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Carol Tyler - Vietnam War

Carol Albrecht and Bob Tyler were married in 1968 after Bob completed his Marine Corps basic training. Within a year, Bob was commissioned a Second Lieutenant and headed to flight school. For the next three decades the two forged a strong marriage despite the frequent moves and long separations that are typical of military families. Carol earned her BA degree in 1971, and following the birth and early childhood for their two children, Carol was able to teach at most of Bob's duty stations. She earned her MA degree shortly after Bob's retirement. Carol reflects on her experiences as a Marine Corps officer's wife with candor and insight, painting a detailed picture of that life.

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"Daddy Go Fly Here"

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Interview Session 01 (Audio)

Early life thru husband’s deployment to Vietnam as a Marine aviator

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Bob’s time in Vietnam and their life in Hawaii and California after return

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Carol Albrecht’s Paris High School photo. She graduated in 1965.

Where:

Paris High School

When:

1965

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This image is considered to be in the public domain.

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Private Robert and Mrs. Carol Tyler on their wedding day in March 1968 in Paris, Illinois.

Where:

Paris, Illinois

When:

March 1968

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Narrator’s photo

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In February 1969 Carol Tyler pinned on Bob’s 2nd Lieutenant bars during his commissioning ceremony at Quantico, Virginia. She sported twin black eyes from a mishap with a door at Eastern Illinois University. Next stop for Lieutenant Tyler was flight school.

Where:

Quantico, Virginia

When:

February 1969

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Narrator's photo

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Carol Tyler pins on First Lieutenant Robert Tyler’s silver wings during his graduation from the Army’s helicopter flight school at Hunter-Stewart Army Air Field in Savannah, Georgia in April 1970.

Where:

Hunter-Stewart Army Air Field

When:

April 1970

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Narrator's photo

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Bob headed toward the plane that would take him to the Republic of South Vietnam in VN in November 1970. Carol recalled the many times she would see her husband’s back as he left for a deployment, military school or exercise.

Where:

Unknown

When:

November 1970

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Narrator's photo

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Carol, Rob and Bob. This photo taken at Carol’s apartment in Charleston, Illinois on the day Bob left for South Vietnam in November 1970.

Where:

Charleston, Illinois

When:

November 1970

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Narrator's photo

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Carol (Albrecht) Tyler in 1971, while a student at Eastern Illinois University. Her husband Bob was serving in Vietnam at the time.

Where:

Unknown

When:

1971

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This image is considered to be in the public domain.

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The Marines were visited frequently by USO shows during Bob’s tour in Vietnam. Bob saw this group perform in 1971. The band hailed from Australia.

Where:

Unknown

When:

1971

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Husband Robert Tyler’s photo

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Carol and her son Rob enjoyed a day in Honolulu, Hawaii in 1973.

Where:

Honolulu, Hawaii

When:

1973

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Narrator’s photo

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Carol with Suzanne and Rob in 1975 during a family trip to Washington, D.C. while stationed at Marine Corps Base Quantico, Virginia.

Where:

Washington, D.C.

When:

1975

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Narrator's photo

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Family moving day in 1981 outside the Tyler’s home in Corona, California. The site of a moving van in front of their home was an all too common experience for Carol through the years.

Where:

Corona, California

When:

1981

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Narrator’s photo

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The Tylers gathered for a family portrait in 1983 while they lived in Dumfries, Virginia, near Quantico. From left to right are Robert (Robbie), Suzanne, Carol and Bob.

Where:

Dumfries, Virginia

When:

1983

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Narrator's photo

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Robert R. Tyler with Robert R. Tyler, Jr. in Havelock, North Carolina for Bob, Snr’s Change of Command in 1987.

Where:

Havelock, North Carolina

When:

1987

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Narrator's photo

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The family was on hand for Lieutenant Colonel Tyler’s Change of Command in 1987: Rob, Carol, and Bob in the front, with Bob’s Uncle Phil and Suzanne in the back.

Where:

Havelock, North Carolina

When:

1987

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Narrator's photo

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Bob and Carol Tyler in Havelock, North Carolina in 1988.

Where:

Havelock, North Carolina

When:

1988

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Narrator's photo

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Rob’s Citadel graduation day in 1990 with Carol and Suzanne. The Citadel is in Charleston, South Carolina.

Where:

Charleston, South Carolina

When:

1990

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Narrator's photo

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Carol Tyler and Bob in 1991. Bob was working at Headquarters, Marine Corps in Alexandria, Virginia at the time.

Where:

Alexandria, Virginia

When:

1991

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Narrator's photo

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Bob was promoted to Colonel in 1993 at Headquarters Marine Corps, Washington DC, an indication of a successful career. Sharing pinning duties with Carol is BGen Arthur C. Blades.

Where:

Washington, D.C.

When:

1993

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Narrator's photo

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Colonel Bob Tyler had the honor to ‘wing’ his son Rob at Ft. Rucker, Alabama in 1994. Rob had decided on Army aviation after graduating from the Citadel. (Narrator’s photo)

Where:

Ft. Rucker, Alabama

When:

1994

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Narrator's photo

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Carol Tyler and Bob at a Florida Ball in 1995. Bob was stationed near Orlando, Florida for his last posting in the Marine Corps. Both he and Carol were busy working on advanced degrees at the time.

Where:

Florida

When:

1995

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Narrator's photo

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Bob and Carol enjoyed sharing the USMC Ball in 1996 with Suzanne (wearing her wedding dress) and husband Darren.

Where:

Orlando, Florida

When:

1996

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Narrator's photo

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Carol sits next to Bob at his retirement ceremony in 1997. Bob had spent his ‘twilight’ assignment at the Naval Air Warfare Center in Orlando, Florida.

Where:

Orlando, Florida

When:

1997

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Narrator's photo

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Carol Receiving a Certificate of Appreciation at Bob’s retirement ceremony from BG Joseph Anderson in 1997.

Where:

Orlando, Florida

When:

1997

Ownership:

This image is considered to be in the public domain.

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Carol received her Masters of Liberal Studies degree from Rollins in 1998.

Where:

Unknown

When:

1998

Ownership:

This image is considered to be in the public domain.

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Carol and Bob Tyler with friends at the Peoria Reserve Unit USMC Ball in 2018. The annual Marine Corps Ball is typically held on or near the Marine Corps birthday on November 10th.

Where:

Peoria, Illinois

When:

2018

Ownership:

Narrator’s photo



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