Oral History interview of William Brown. Interview conducted by Wilt, Ashley at Mr. Brown's home in Orlando, FL.
0:00-0:36 Introduction; 0:37-1:50 Childhood; 1:51-6:00 Joining the military, basic training, separation of Army Air Corps and Air Force Officer Candidate School, Okinawa, Japan; Vietnam in 1963. Second tour in 1966. Moved to Orlando in 1966 to advise reserves. 1968; 6:01-7:01 Life after 25 years of military service; 7:02-9:28 Reasons for joining; juvenile justice judge; altering birth certificate, brother in Navy, war over. Lack of jobs after service; 9:29-10:00 Appreciation of service; 10:00-11:20 A part of 1st Special Forces ever created; 11:21-13:09 Strictly advisory in Vietnam in 1963 vs. his tours of 1966 and 1968 when in combat mood; 13:10-16:06 Arriving shortly before Tet Offensive, changing public opinion, Vietnamese opinions; 16:07-17:50 War Protests; 17:51-19:30 Returning home and becoming an adviser; 19:31-End Conclusion.
Date of Birth
Place of Birth
White - Non Hispanic
War or Conflict
Entrance into Service
Branch of Service
Unit of Service
5th Special Forces Group, Airborne; 1st Special Forces Group, Airborne
Lieutenant Colonel; LTC; Captain; CPT; Major; MAJ
Prisoner of War
Service Related Injury
Bronze Star Medal Vietnamese Campaign Ribbon Combat Infantryman Badge Master Parachutist Badge Vietnam Service Medal
See the video
Medal details: Vietnamese Campaign Ribbon with 5 battle stars; Vietnam Service Medal with Palm.
City of Birth
Country of Birth
Location of Interview
Mr. Brown's home in Orlando, FL.
Brown, William; 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
Length of Interview
Department of History, University of Central Florida
Audio; Sound; Video; MovingImage
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UCF Community Veterans History Project
Central Florida, RICHES of, "Brown, William interview" (2011). Veterans Oral Histories. 120.