Streaming Media


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

Seminole (Tex.)




White - Non Hispanic

Home State


War or Conflict

Vietnam Era



Begin/End date of Service - 1st



Entrance into Service


Branch of Service

U.S. Navy

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


Highest Rank

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

United States


Margara, Donna and Dow, Rebecca

Interview Date


Location of Interview

O'Neal's Residence.


Neal, David O.; Vietnam War, 1961-1975 -- Personal Narratives; United States. Navy

Collection Description

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

63 Minutes


Department of History, University of Central Florida


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.


University of Central Florida Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives

Contributing Project

UCF Community Veterans History Project

Document Type