Oral History interview of Donald Carey. Interview conducted by Clemens Dennis at Carey Residence.
0:01 Introduction; 0:16 Early life before service; 1:07 Influences to join the Army; 2:22 Transition to military life; 2:58 Basic training and advanced training; 3:38 Different jobs in the Army; 4:11 The trip to Vietnam; 6:00 Being among the first US soldiers in Vietnam; 6:30 Life in Vietnam 1965-1966; 7:32 Different units served with in Vietnam; 7:50 The la Drang Battle; 8:20 Responsibilities of his positions held in Vietnam; 10:00 Communication with his family from home; 11:12 Remaining distant from fellow soldiers; 11:27 Supporting the Battle of la Drang; 12:22 Recreation activities; 13:34 Time spent in Thailand; 13:53 Most vivid experience from Vietnam ; 14:35 Leaving Vietnam and his arrival back to the US; 16:10 Dealing with antiwar sentiments in the US; 17:30 Effect of Vietnam on rest of military career; 18:43 Being a recruiter after Vietnam; 20:42 Serving on the General staff position; 21:35 Retiring and effect of service in life; 23:00 Staying contact with Veterans ; 24:01 Serving on a military retiree council; 24:41 Problems with Veteran's benefits; 25:20 Moving to Central Florida; 25:57 Comparing Central Florida to previous stations; 26:46 Life after retirement; 27:33 Working security in maximum security juvenile penitentiary; 28:13 Working at Lake Sumter Community College; 28:50 Closing words.
Date of Birth
Place of Birth
White - Non Hispanic
War or Conflict
Begin/End date of Service - 1st
Entrance into Service
Branch of Service
Unit of Service
553rd engineer (Float Bridge Co.); A 326 Airborne Engineer Co. 101st Airborne Division
Location of Service
Sergeant First Class; SFC
Prisoner of War
Service Related Injury
See the video
City of Birth
Country of Birth
Location of Interview
Carey, Donald R.; Vietnam War, 1961-1975 -- Personal Narratives; United States. Army
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
Department of History, University of Central Florida
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Central Florida, RICHES of, "Carey, Donald R interview" (2012). Veterans Oral Histories. 104.