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Oral history interview of Raymond A. Seifert. Interview conducted by Hannah Coffman at Canoe Creek Christian Church, St. Cloud, Florida.


0:45 Served in Vietnam; 1:30 Freedom has a price; 2:40 Pilot’s license from Embry-Riddle; 3:30 It was exciting—first days; 4:45 Basic training experience; 6:00 Got through it; 7:00 Alabama: training; 8:20 Stationed in Vietnam; 9:30 Aircrafts; 10:10 Job/assignment; 11:10 Flying during combat experience; 13:00 Scary—you learn to live with it; 13:44 Free time; 15:00 Cold sodas; 16:50 Rank—Spec. 5; 18:00 Met his wife; 19:25 Wrote letters home; 19:47 Glad served country; 21:00 Supplies; 23:46 Look at life as being short; 25:00 Entertainment; 26:44 Coming back home; 28:49 Haven’t opened scrapbooks/looked at pictures; 29:33 Last days of service; 30:30 Still remember/flashbacks; 31:25 Went back to school/work; 32:00 Current work/turnpike attendant; 34:00 Embry-Riddle; 35:00 Flown Kicks out of; 36:40 Going back?; 37:00 Advice for those going in military; 38:40 Cross country flying experience; 40:42 Coming home from Vietnam; 42:20 Biggest accomplishment in service; 44:15 Hot landing zone/pilot; 45:45 Being shot at; 47:00 Do it again

Date of Birth

February 1944

Place of Birth

Washington (D.C.)




White - Non Hispanic

War or Conflict

Vietnam Era



Entrance into Service


Branch of Service

U.S. Army

Unit of Service

1st Infantry Division, 1st Aviation Brigade

Location of Service

Fort Benning (Ga.); Fort Rucker (Ala.); Fort Stewart (Ga.)

Highest Rank

Specialist 5th Class; SP5

Prisoner of War


Service Related Injury



See the Video


Aircraft Maintainence

Country of Birth

United States


Coffman, Hannah

Interview Date


Location of Interview

Canoe Creek Christian Church, St. Cloud, Fla.


Seifert, Raymond A.; Vietnam War, 1961-1975 -- Personal Narratives; 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


Department of History, University of Central Florida


Audio, Sound


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