Streaming Media


Oral History interview of William Rivera. Interview conducted by Chen, Evan; Smith, Charles at Lockheed Martin, Orlando, FL.


00:45 Place of birth; 00:50 Parental occupations; 00:55 Siblings; 01:00 Before service; 01:15 Highest degree of education; 01:25 Family in the military - son; 01:40 Family's feelings toward his service; 02:10 Entering the service; 02:50 ROTC; 6 year commitment; 03:36 Air Defense Artillery at Fort Bliss; 03:44 Military career choice; joining the reserves; 05:08 1980 Capstone; 05:48 Active duty in Germany; 06:10 After Berlin Wall came down; 06:20 Evolution of the Reserves; 06:16 Growing pains of the reserves; 08:40 General acceptances of reserves; 08:58 Uniform Service Employment Reemployment Rights Act; 09:30 Americans Disabilities Act; 10:30 Gulf War I; 12:50 Germany in the 1980s; 13:25 Airport terrorist bombing in Germany; 14:40 History of promotions; 16:20 Managing your own career; Chemical School; 17:40 464th Chemical Group; 17:51 Lt. Colonel in 5th Transcom; 18:00 Assistant Chief of Staff; promotion to Colonel; 18:30 32nd Group in Tampa; 19:18 Assistant Chief of Staff of Transcom; 19:37 Most memorable day in the Reserves; 20:10 Military changes during career; Conventional to unconventional warfare; 22:23 Defense cuts; 22:47 Future threats - Middle East and Pacific (China and Korea); 23:30 Small unit operations; 24:29 Civilian job and being in the Reserves; 27:20 Most significant learning experience from your service; 31:30 Occupation at Lockheed Martin; 32:48 Advice to any looking to join the military; 34:11 Military service's positive influence on life; 34:50 Veteran's group.

Date of Birth


Place of Birth

New York City (N.Y.)




White - Hispanic

Home State

New York

War or Conflict

Vietnam Era




Entrance into Service


Branch of Service

U.S. Army

Unit of Service

143d Transportation Command

Location of Service

Fort Bliss (Tex.); Tampa (Fla.); Germany

Highest Rank

Colonel; COL

Prisoner of War


Service Related Injury



See the video


Did not specify war/conflict - Vietnam chosen by project staff.

City of Birth

New York City

Country of Birth

United States


Chen, Evan; Smith, Charles

Interview Date


Location of Interview

Lockheed Martin, Orlando, FL.


Rivera, William 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

38 Minutes


Department of History, University of Central Florida


Video; MovingImage


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