Oral History interview of Charles Lavallee. Interview conducted by Archibald, Melanie at UCF Library.
0:00 Introduction; Basic Information; 0:42 Family Life; 2:40 Volunteering with the Navy (reasons, reactions); 4:45 Basic training; 6:36 Deployment to Vietnam; 8:27 Understanding of the situation in Vietnam at the time; 9:25 US Government's inadequate explanations - ex: Agent Orange; 10:58 Opinion of Vietnamese people; 11:45 Vietnam deployment duties; 13:23 Agent Orange - interaction, injuries, feelings on use; 16:58 Contact with home; 17:25 Recreation while deployed; 18:18 Relationships with other servicemen/influence of father; 20:30 Stationed on U.S.S. Saint Paul; 21:17 Reasoning for not reenlisting with Navy; 22:20 Brother's death while deployed (news, transport home); 24:20 Spent remainder of tour cooking on U.S.S Saint Paul; 25:09 Working a milk run post military duty; 26:23 Career as a truck driver; 26:35 Family/friend's reaction upon returning from Vietnam; 27:25 No difficulties readjusting to civilian life; 27:38 Family life (marriages, children);28:20 Current daily life; 28:40 Current interaction with family; 29:48 Children's feelings on the military; 30:52 Tribulations of living in a warzone; 31:48 Never doubted moral right of Vietnam war; 33:20 New positive perspective on life due to time in Vietnam; 34:07 Never regretted one minute of Vietnam war effort.
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
USS St. Paul (CA-73)
Commissaryman Petty Officer 3rd Class; CS3
Prisoner of War
Service Related Injury
Vietnam Service Medal; National Defense Service Medal; Vietnam Campaign Medal
See the video.
City of Birth
Country of Birth
Location of Interview
Lavallee, Charles A.; Vietnam War, 1961-1975 -- Personal Narratives; Prisoners of War -- United States; 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
MovingImage; Video; Sound; Audio
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University of Central Florida Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives
UCF Community Veterans History Project
Central Florida, RICHES of, "Lavallee, Charles Arthur interview" (2012). Veterans Oral Histories. 153.