Oral History interview of David O. O'Neal. Interview conducted by Margara, Donna and Dow, Rebecca at O'Neal's Residence.
0:00 Introduction/Summary/Going into Navy; 4:26 Vietnam; 5:11 Stationed; 5:33 P3 Aircraft; 6:21 Computers on P3 Aircraft; 7:20 Instructor for Advance Arts School; 8:45 A.S. Computer Engineering; 9:33 Computer Manage Instruction; 10:22 Navy Medal; 11:12 Chief Petty Officer and duties; 12:25 Jacksonville, FL; last tour duty; 12:38 Retiring from Navy; 12:54 Going to school for BA and MBA; 13:48 Epcot at Disney; 14:58 Navy Exchange; 17:30 Blue Cross/Blue Shield; 18:19 Wife retiring and moving to Orlando; 18:33 Retiring Officially; 20:00 Photo from Rodo, Spain; 22:39 Anti-Submarine Warfare; 23:50 Deploying to Philippines; 24:12 Learning Morris Code; 24:56 Shadow Box of medals; 26:00 Losing friends in military service; 26:48 Personal history; 27:00 Moving around United States; 28:00 High school/being in a band; 29:50 Leaving the military; 31:05 Why the Navy?; 33:16 First deployment and thoughts?; 34:33 Average day at sea?; 39:05 Flying over Arctic circle; 40:37 Retirement ceremony - most memorable moment?; 41:09 First aircraft accident; 43:10 Being separated from family; 46:27 Favorite place visited; 48:59 Medals that are most meaningful; 54:20 Advice for future men and women going into military; 61:43 September 11th; 63:36 The End.
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
Naval Air Technical Training Center, Memphis, Tennessee. Patrol Squadron 16; Patrol Squadron 40; Patrol Squadron 49; Patrol Squadron 45.
Location of Service
Chief Petty Officer; CPO
Prisoner of War
Service Related Injury
Navy Unit Commendation Medal; Meritorious Unit Commendation Medal; Navy Good Conduct Medal; Nation Defense Service Medal; Armed Forces Expedition Medal; Vietnam Service Medal; Vietnam Campaign Medal; Republic Of Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation Medal;
Market time patrol, Vietnam; Navy Commendation Medal; Aviation Electronics Technician; Aircrew wings - (on p2v5/7, p5m, and p3a/b/c aircraft); Taught in aviation electronics technician "a" and "b" school; Developed computer managed instruction for naval technical training command; Quality assurance inspector/ test flight air crewman; Blue nose for operations above the arctic circle; runner up for instructor of the year
City of Birth
Country of Birth
Margara, Donna and Dow, Rebecca
Location of Interview
Neal, David O.; Vietnam War, 1961-1975 -- Personal Narratives; United States. Navy
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, "Neal, David O. interview" (2012). Veterans Oral Histories. 128.