Oral History interview of Eduardo Ortiz. Interview conducted by Letzring, Jacob; Bonilla, Angelica; Becker, Rachael at Lockheed Martin, Orlando, FL.
00:38 Talks about parents; 01:13 Prior military service in family; 01:50 Education post-service; 02:14 Family's reaction; 02:40 Boot camp/MEPS/Sleep deprivation; 04:04 Boot camp training and diversity; 05:00 Length of training; 05:38 Interest in Seals program; 06:13 Favorite part of boot camp - Meals and work; 07:00 "A" School in Pensacola, FL; 07:31 Assigned to USS Enterprise; 07:40 Preparing the ship to leave; 08:13 Getting sea legs; 08:30 Landing in various spots; 08:55 Life on ship; 11:08 Aviation Ordinance- his job; 12:26 Most memorable day- BBQ on flight deck; 14:15 Adjusting to ship life; 14:59 Advancing; 15:31 Staying in touch with family; 17:22 Missing things back home; 17:40 Keeping in touch with people from the Navy; 18:30 Saving Seals; 21:10 The ships support role; 21:56 Jobs aboard the ship- Cranking; 22:50 Working in the armory; 23:51 Returning home; 24:40 Finding a job; 25:33 Community support; 26:15 How he ended up at Lockheed Martin; 27:11 Job at Lockheed Martin; 27:41 What he got from the military; 29:01 Transferring from a military resume to a civilian one; 29:31 What is missed about the military; 30:47 Advice for those who wish to join the military.
Date of Birth
Place of Birth
White - Hispanic
War or Conflict
Operation Iraqi Freedom
Entrance into Service
Branch of Service
Unit of Service
Location of Service
Chicago (Ill.); Pensacola (Fla.); Virginia
Petty Officer 2nd Class; PO2
Prisoner of War
Service Related Injury
See the video
City of Birth
Country of Birth
Letzring, Jacob; Bonilla, Angelica; Becker, Rachael
Location of Interview
Lockheed Martin, Orlando, FL.
Ortiz, Eduardo; 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, "Ortiz, Eduardo interview" (2013). Veterans Oral Histories. 197.