Oral History interview of Edwin Sheets. Interview conducted by Higgs, Sarah at Lockheed Martin, Sand Lake Road in Orlando Florida.
00:06 Place and date of birth; 00:20 Siblings; 1:34 Education prior to enlistment; 2:00 Prior employment; 2:28 Beginning process; 3:20 Enlistment length; 3:30 Siblings' military involvement; 3:50 Family's feelings about joining military; 4:30 Prior expectations; 5:25 Expectations of basic training; 6:21 First day of training experience; 8:12 Camaraderie during training; 9:19 Instructors; 9:55 Signal Corps, special training for microwave transmissions, then crypto; 11:36 Assignment in Ft. Monmouth, NJ; 12:42 Fixing and working on crypto-equipment; 12:56 1st impression on NJ; 13:56 Contact with family; 14:43 What food was like; 15:28 Time given for meals; 16:14 Supplies and clothing; 16:26 Entertainment while not on duty; 17:06 Time on leave; 19:18 Memorable event while in military; 21:39 Meeting wife in college; 21:49 Time of discharge in 1973; 23:36 Feelings about service; 24:08 Awards and medals; 24:40 Highest rank achieved; 25:17 Job after military- working for mini-computer company; 28:51 Skills learned in military that transferred to civilian life; 29:15 In-touch with people from military; 29:47 Overall feelings about military; 31:49 Compare service to expectations; 33:15 Interview wrap-up.
Date of Birth
Place of Birth
War or Conflict
Entrance into Service
Branch of Service
Unit of Service
Specialist 4th Class; SP4
Prisoner of War
Service Related Injury
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Lockheed Martin - History Day
City of Birth
Country of Birth
Location of Interview
Lockheed Martin, Sand Lake Road in Orlando Florida.
Sheets, Edwin D.; Vietnam War, 1961-1975 -- Personal Narratives; 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, "Sheets, Edwin David interview" (2014). Veterans Oral Histories. 210.