Streaming Media


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


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 “Full-bird” 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 today’s war; 39:50 Met husband; 45:08 Married in Vegas; 46:00 Wanted divorce

Place of Birth

Daisytown (Pa.)




White - Non Hispanic

War or Conflict

World War II; Vietnam Era

Branch of Service

U.S. Army

Prisoner of War


Service Related Injury


Interview Date


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


Department of History, University of Central Florida


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