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Oral History interview of Benjamin Abramowitz. Interview conducted by Orleman, Andrew at Abramowitz's home residence in Melbourne, FL.


0:36 Early life/parents; 2:12 Remembering Pearl Harbor/WWII; 3:25 School in Germany; 4:30 Father's military experience; 5:50 Time at Virginia Tech - ROTC; 7:30 Graduation, entering into Army Infantry school; 9:30 Flight School; 11:29 Becoming a maintenance officer; 12:42 Dealing with segregation; 14:48 Went to Korea; 18:28 Ft. Braff - 82nd Airborne; 20:00 Germany - 14th Armored Cav.; 20:57 What he knew about Vietnam; 21:42 1st impressions about Vietnam; 22:58 1st Battalion - 5th Cav. - Exec. officer; 26:41 No off duty time; 27:00 Thoughts on Vietnamese; 27:44 1st Combat; 30:00 Soldiers drowning; 32:00 Defining moment of 1st tour; 32:56 Continuing training; 33:51 Chief of International Standardization; 37:45 Taking on a 2nd Tour; 38:52 Advisor to 8th ARVN regiment; 40:20 Bridging the language gap; 41:00 Easter offensive; 42:30 Bronze Star/Defining Moment; 44:50 Thoughts on corruption; 46:30 Coming home - reactions; 49:14 Command and General Staff College/Teaching Jobs; 52:00 Thoughts on popular representation of the Vietnam War; 53:30 Going back to Vietnam; 56:20 Closing Thoughts.

Date of Birth


Place of Birth

Fort Monmouth (N.J.)




White - Non Hispanic

Home State

New Jersey

War or Conflict

Vietnam Era



Entrance into Service


Branch of Service

U.S. Army

Unit of Service

7th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Infantry Division; 1st Aviation Company, 1st Infantry Division; 12 Cavalry, 1st Cavalry Division; 82nd Aviation Battalion, 82nd Airborne Division; 14th Armored Cavalry Regiment; 11th Aviation Group, 1st Cavalry Division; 1st Battalion, 5th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division; Regimental Sr. Advisor, 8th Regiment, Army of Vietnam

Location of Service


Highest Rank

Colonel, COL

Prisoner of War


Service Related Injury



Easter Offensive


Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal, Air Medal, Gallantry Cross (Vietnam), Presidential Unit Citation, Combat Infantryman Badge, Senior Aviation Badge


Army Chief of Standardization; Faculty, US Army Command and General Staff College; Professor of Military Science, Lehigh University, Area Commande Third ROTC Region


Awarded Legion of Merit and Bronze Star with Valor twice. "Lots over my two years in Vietnam - last battle Easter Offensive 1972 (Vietnam). After retiring I taught for 22 years at UCF - College of Business. In 2006 received a Fulbright Fellowship to Ostroh University, Ukraine - subjects taught Leadership and Ethics." - The Veteran.

Country of Birth

United States


Orleman, Andrew

Interview Date

Spring 4-11-2012


Abramowitz, Benjamin L., Vietnam War, 1961-1975 -- Personal Narratives, United States. Army

Collection Description

Contains logs, audio and video recordings of interviews with Central Florida's veterans as part of a history class project for the students at the University of Central Florida (UCF). The UCF Community Veterans History Project(CVHP) started in fall 2010. It collects, preserves, and makes accessible to the public the experiences of Central Florida's veterans so that future generations will better understand the realities of conflict. It is a collaborative endeavor supported by multiple departments and offices at UCF. The veterans' histories are archived and made digitally available through the UCF library and selected materials are contributed to the Veterans History Project at the Library of Congress.

Contributor Affiliation / Organization

RICHES; University of Central Florida


Orleman, Andrew

Length of Interview

60 Minutes


Department of History, University of Central Florida


Sound, Audio


All rights are held by the respective holding institution. This material is posted publicly for non-profit educational uses, excluding printed publication. For permission to reproduce and/or for copyright information contact Special Collections and University Archives, University of Central Florida Libraries, (407) 823-2576.


University of Central Florida Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives

Contributing Project

UCF Community Veterans History Project



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