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Peter Bell interview

 File — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS SC 3163

Scope and Contents

Transcript of an interview conducted by Peter Milanzi on 29 January 1985 for the Ray Hillam project. Bell joined the "Green Berets," Army Special Forces, after his mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He was deployed to the northern part of Vietnam to do reconnaissance. He helped train the Cambodian Army, and talked about the hardship involved in killing after he returned from his mission. He added that the best part of his military experience was the opportunity to teach other members of the armed forces about the Mormon Church. Bell said that the underlying policies of the war were political, and that they did not justify the means employed.


  • 1985 January 29


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Open for public research.

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Biographical / Historical

Peter G. Bell was born on March 6, 1948. He served in the Vietnam War and as a sheriff's deputy for Utah County. He was also a Command Sergeant Major in the Army National Guard. An avid runner, Bell passed away unexpectedly from a heart attack at the age of 51 while participating in the Utah Army National Guard's annual fitness test at Camp Williams. He died on November 2, 1999.


1 item (16 p.)

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Custodial History

These materials were donated to Special Collections by Ray Hillam in 1999.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Ray Hillam; 1999.


Utah and the American West and LDS cultural, social, and religious history (20th century Western & Mormon Manuscripts collection development policy, 5.VII, 2007).

Register of Peter Bell interview
Rose Frank
22 February 2011
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Finding aid written in English in Latin script.

Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo Utah 84602 United States