Oral History interview of John Braun. Interview conducted by Wiener, Amelia at UCF Orlando, Fl.
00:00 Introductions; 00:56 Growing up in Ohio during the 1950s; 02:20 Siblings; 03:00 Going to college, the idea of getting drafted; 03:50 Volunteering for the service/getting drafted; 04:23 Ft. Knox, Kentucky/working the wood furnaces; 06:00 Learning how to assemble Nike missiles/special nuclear warhead training; 09:30 Thoughts on the Cuban Missile Crisis/the Cold War; 12:35 Nike/ Hercules Missiles in Orlando; 13:20 Not, as a soldier, being aware of the larger picture; 13:40 Civil rights in the service; 14:40 Arriving in Germany; 16:40 Being aware on base of potential spies, guarding the missiles; 18:30 Travelling through Europe; 20:00 Never working with live warheads in Europe; 23:30 Mr. Braun describes how he is technically considered a Vietnam service veteran, despite being stationed in Germany at the time; 23:50 Reaching rank of E-5; 25:22 German Christmas trees with live candles; 26:58 Most memorable day in Germany; 28:05 Coming home/life after the service; 28:40 Coming to Florida; 29:30 Advice for future enlistees.
Date of Birth
Place of Birth
War or Conflict
Entrance into Service
Branch of Service
Unit of Service
43rd United States Army Air Defense
Specialist 5th Class; SP5
Prisoner of War
Service Related Injury
See the video
City of Birth
Country of Birth
Location of Interview
UCF Orlando, Fl.
Braun, John L.; 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, "Braun, John Loyal interview" (2014). Veterans Oral Histories. 215.