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Oral History interview of Lance Fordham. Interview conducted by Birge, Kenneth; Bonin, Amanda at Lockheed Martin, Lake Underhill, Orlando, FL.


00:45 Family history and reason for joining the Navy; 02:00 School and time before the Navy; 02:45 Almost joined the Marines instead of the Navy; 03:18 Basic training; 03:55 Individual training; 04:40 Description of training; Morse code; 05:50 Job after training; 07:30 Typical working schedule; 08:00 Downsides of being Intel; 09:50 Favorite foreign ports; Spain; Sicily; 10:45 Sicily; Mount Edna; Spring 1985; 11:30 Guitar story in Sicily; 14:40 Least favorite places; Naples, Italy; 15:00 USS King; 17:00 Terrorism; 17:20 Libya attacking Germany; 19:20 4 months in Libya; going from Libya to the Middle East; 20:30 Desert Shield/Storm; in Spain and Germany; 21:15 Navy Achievement Medal; 22:40 President Bush announcement through AFRTS and response; 24:40 Going back to Pensacola, FL for school; 25:20 Continuation of Desert Shield/Storm; 26:10 Spent time in Indian Ocean; 26:30 Berlin Wall; 1990; 27:20 East and West Germany; Berlin Wall coming down; 29:30 Changes with the Navy; 31:10 Mid-1990s; Rise in terrorism; 32:45 9/11; Decrease in the Intelligence field; 33:20 Getting out of the Navy; 1996; 34:00 Joining the Reserves after the Navy; 34:40 Relationships with others in the Navy; 34:55 Experience in the Reserves; 36:00 9/11; possibility of returning to the Navy; 36:50 Jobs after the Navy; 38:00 Other roles in the Navy; Qualifications; 39:45 Feeling of guilt after 9/11; 41:50 Transition into Lockheed Martin; 42:37 Living in Dallas, TX; 43:57 Other jobs before Lockheed Martin.

Date of Birth


Place of Birth

Jacksonville (Fla.)




White - Non Hispanic

Home State


War or Conflict

Persian Gulf War




Entrance into Service


Branch of Service

U.S. Navy

Unit of Service

Naval Security Group

Location of Service

Virginia; Spain; Italy; Libya; Germany; Texas

Highest Rank

Cryptologic (Collection) Petty Officer 1st Class; CTR1

Prisoner of War


Service Related Injury



Navy Achievement Medal; Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal


Ship and land-based intelligence collection and analysis


Won 2 Navy Achievement Medals.

City of Birth


Country of Birth

United States


Birge, Kenneth; Bonin, Amanda

Interview Date


Location of Interview

Lockheed Martin, Lake Underhill, Orlando, FL.


Fordham, Lance E.; Persian Gulf War, 1991 -- Personal narratives; USS King; 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


Birge, Kenneth; Bonin, Amanda

Length of Interview

46 Minutes


Department of History, University of Central Florida


MovingImage; Video


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