Oral History interview of Joseph Breton. Interview conducted by Wilt, Ashley at the Bunker, the Vietnam War Memorial, Orlando, FL.
0:00-0:25 Interviewer Introduction; 0:26-1:16 Childhood in Winthrop, Maine; 1:17-1:51 Joining the U.S. Air Force and Basic Training; 1:52-3:45 Serving in the Azores Islands; 3:46-4:59 Stationed in Montgomery, Alabama; 4:46-4:59 Cross-training to Diesel Mechanics; 5:00-5:15 McConnell Air Force Base; 5:15-6:01 Phone Call-Mr. Breton answers; 6:03-6:31 Marries 1st wife, 'Drinking and Drugging'; 6:32-7:03 Divorces 1st wife, moves back to Maine, marries 2nd wife; 7:04-7:55 Moves to Massachusetts in Sept. 1981, married 3rd wife. Now married 29 years. Got sober February of 1982; 7:56-9:54 Vietnam Vet Center, PTSD, guilt associated with not serving country in Vietnam. Other veterans tell him they are proud of him and that he should not feel guilty; 9:55-10:35 Best friend from military-Wally Brewer; 10:37-12:09 Married 29 years. Moves to Orlando, joins the Bunker, the Vietnam Veteran Memorial; 12:10-13:10 Concern about 'kids'-soldiers serving in present conflicts-in Afghanistan, Iraq; son-serving- parents' apprehension; 13:11-15:06 Motivating factors to join the military (USAF); 15:07-15:41 Father passes away; 15:42-16:29 How military changed him and appreciation for American flag and veterans; 16:30-17:23 Getting shot; 17:24-25:38 Ways the military changes you and life post military service; 25:39-28:59 Any additional reasons for volunteering; 29:00 Conclusion.
Date of Birth
Place of Birth
War or Conflict
Begin/End date of Service - 1st
Entrance into Service
Branch of Service
U.S. Air Force
Unit of Service
1650 Cams Squadron, 3880 Supply Squadron
Prisoner of War
Service Related Injury
See the video
City of Birth
Country of Birth
Location of Interview
Vietnam War Memorial, Orlando, FL.
Breton, Joseph J.; Vietnam War, 1961-1975 -- Personal Narratives; United States. Air Force
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
Audio; Sound; Video; MovingImage
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. http://library.ucf.edu/about/departments/special-collections-university-archives/
University of Central Florida Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives
UCF Community Veterans History Project
Central Florida, RICHES of, "Breton, Joseph John interview" (2011). Veterans Oral Histories. 119.