Oral History interview of Henry Griffin. Interview conducted by Patsis, Matthew at Griffin's Residence.
0:20 His home town and enlisting; 3:50 Orders to go to Germany from Fort Knox; 6:30 Basic Training and Barrack life; 12:20 Scout Training and patrolling the Berlin Wall; 20:00 West Berlin & Checkpoint Charlie; 25:52 Traveling through East Germany from West Berlin; 26:42 Rudolph Hess; 28:57 Maneuvers with the French and British; 30:30 Time constraints driving through East Germany; 32:00 Interactions with the Soviets and East German Soldiers; 34:00 Interactions with Berliners; 36:48 Recruitment and life as a Recruiter; 41:00 Desert Storm; 43:05 Military Retirement Benefits; 45:45 Helping people transition to Civilian life; 49:29 Life after the Military.
Date of Birth
Place of Birth
White - Non Hispanic
War or Conflict
Cold War Era
Begin/End date of Service - 1st
Entrance into Service
Branch of Service
See the video
City of Birth
Country of Birth
Location of Interview
Griffin, Henry E.; Cold War -- 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
Length of Interview
Department of History, University of Central Florida
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Central Florida, RICHES of, "Griffin, Henry E. interview" (2012). Veterans Oral Histories. 111.