Streaming Media

Description

Oral history interview of Joan M. Polidori-Kleca. Interview conducted by Katie Kustura at Orlando Veterans Association.

Log

0:20 First days of service; 1:15 First place stationed in Army nurse corps; 2:20 Shipped to Germany; 2:30 Details about Germany; 2:50 Distraction; 3:30 Radiation for skin cancer after Vietnam; 3:50 Work in surgery; 4:40 Treating casualties; 5:00 Distraction; 6:25 Germany was her favorite place; 6:55 Distraction; 8:10 Wrote letters to her family; 8:40 Went to Mass in Rome and had communion with the Pope; 9:00 Good luck charms; 10:18 Too busy to worry about entertainment; 10:30 Focused on her studies; 11:00 Childhood; 13:30 Running surgeries in Vietnam; 13:45 Talked about her sergeants; 15:08 Wishes she could touch base with sergeants; 15:48 colonel; 16:38 Went to Saigon; 17:08 Refused to leave soldiers upon rotation date; 18:26 Memories of sergeants and casualties; 20:28 Bombing in Saigon; 21:05 Ward of amputees hardest to see; 22:07 Received credit for Korea; 29:06 Came back to States and discussed her family; 35:10 Taught health classes in local schools; 36:15 Highest rank; 36:40 Thoughts regarding todays war; 39:50 Met husband; 45:08 Married in Vegas; 46:00 Wanted divorce

Date of Birth

1924-04-09

Place of Birth

Daisytown (Pa.)

Gender

Female

Race

White - Non Hispanic

Home State

Pennsylvania

War or Conflict

World War II; Vietnam Era

Status

Veteran

Begin/End date of Service - 1st

1942-12-01

1974-12-31

Entrance into Service

Commissioned

Branch of Service

U.S. Army

Unit of Service

Unspecified

Location of Service

Europe; Vietnam

Highest Rank

Colonel; COL

Prisoner of War

No

Service Related Injury

No

Battles

Unspecified

Medals

Army Commendation Medal

Achievements

See the video

City of Birth

Daisytown

Country of Birth

United States

Interviewer

Kustura, Katie

Interview Date

10-25-2010

Location of Interview

Orlando Veterans Association

Subjects

Polidori-Kleca, Joan M.; Women and the military -- United States; United States. Army

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

49 minutes

Publisher

Department of History, University of Central Florida

Type

Audio; Sound

Rights

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/

Repository

University of Central Florida Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives

Contributing Project

UCF Community Veterans History Project

Document Type

Interview


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