Interview with Robert Bielen, October 14, 2013

Collection: Richard B. Russell Library Oral History Documentary Collection

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Dr. Robert Bielen, a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania medical school, joined the Peace Corps in order to fulfil his military obligations. He was in the Dominican Republic in the 1960s at the time where the country was facing political unrest. His interview offers insight to international relations at the time and US military intervention. He also talks about his relationship to the U.S. Embassy, the political climate prior to the Revolution, and the local people’s perception regarding the coup d’etat.

Dr. Robert Bielen was born in Garfield, New Jersey. He attended the University of Pennsylvania for undergrad and med school. Bielen joined the Peace Corps as a physician in order to satisfy his military obligation. He served in the Dominican Republic during the famous military coup d’etat. After the Peace Corps, Dr. Bielen worked as an Orthopedic Surgeon in California for over 50 years.





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58 minutes


Robert Bielen and Howard Wiarda, “Interview with Robert Bielen, October 14, 2013,” UGA Special Collections Libraries Oral Histories, accessed May 25, 2024,