Oral History interview of James Bejer. Interview conducted by Weiler, David; Garcia, Luisa at Lockheed Martin, Orlando, FL.
00:30 Introductions; 00:31 Family/Education; 01:35 Why he chose the Navy; 01:52 First days in the service; 03:06 MEPS/Basic training; 04:09 Advanced training- Ordinance Training; 04:40 USS Enterprise; 06:27 Tasks on ship; 07:16 Mess deck duties; 07:57 Routine day; 10:41 Fondest memory; 11:57 Free time on the ship; 12:46 Communication with loved ones; 13:53 Friendships; 14:55 First tour; 16:01 Second tour; 16:50 First tour v. second tour; differences and similarities; 17:31 Civilian life; 18:39 Appreciation for service; 21:01 After service; 21:44 Lockheed Martin; 22:11 Service relevant to civilian life; 23:14 Lessons learned; 24:05 Perspective on the Navy; 25:27 Job today; 26:05 Advice; 28:03 Last words.
Date of Birth
Place of Birth
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander
War or Conflict
Operation Enduring Freedom, Afghanistan; Operation Iraqi Freedom
Begin/End date of Service - 1st
Entrance into Service
Branch of Service
Unit of Service
USS Enterprise CVN-65
Location of Service
Virginia; Afghanistan; Iraq; Orlando (Fla.)
Petty Officer 2nd Class; PO2
Prisoner of War
Service Related Injury
See the video
City of Birth
Country of Birth
Weiler, David; Garcia, Luisa
Location of Interview
Lockheed Martin, Orlando, FL.
Bejer, James S.; Afghanistan and Iraq Wars, 2001-present -- Personal Narratives; USS Enterprise; 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
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Central Florida, RICHES of, "Bejer, James Silvino interview" (2013). Veterans Oral Histories. 189.