Oral History interview of James Bradfield. Interview conducted by Daniel Bradfield at Veterans Home in Ocoee.
00:00 Script introduction; 00:45 Pre-National Guard, reasons for joining; 3:04 Education; 4:10 Family Life; 8:38 I Have a Dream Speech/Crowd control & first days of service; 9:45 Community race relations; 10:49 Basic training; 14:10 High School Life in National Guard; 20:43 What Mr. Bradfield gained from service; 21:35 Called up for duty; 23:21 1968 Riots in Washington DC; 26:00 Day to day life during weekend exercises; 30:35 Mr. Bradfield's thoughts on army life/other National Guard stories from his time; 34:24 Expanded questions on '68 riots; 44:10 Race relations in the unit; 45:15 Draft & Friends who were drafted; 46:10 Survivor Guilt; 47:21 Most memorable day/ men in his unit; 49:11 Why he didn't become a police officer; 50:04 Relations with African Americans in unit; 50:42 Life after the army; 51:47 "Never Volunteer for Anything?'' 53:21 Views on service and advice for soldiers; 59:10 RFK & JFK funerals; 1:01:00 Resurrection City.
Date of Birth
Place of Birth
War or Conflict
Cold War Era
Entrance into Service
Branch of Service
U.S. Army National Guard
Unit of Service
Company A, 163rd Military Police Battalion; 260th Military Police Brigade
Prisoner of War
Service Related Injury
See the video
The D.C. Riot of 1968; "I Have a Dream Speech"
City of Birth
Country of Birth
Location of Interview
Veterans Home in Ocoee.
Bradfield, James K.; Cold War -- Personal narratives; United States. National Guard; United States. Army
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, "Bradfield, James Kenneth interview" (2014). Veterans Oral Histories. 199.