Oral History interview of Paul Enchelmayer. Interview conducted by Hearst, Patricia at UCF Orlando, Fl.
00:00 Introductions - Evanston, Illinois/growing up; 01:30 Brothers and Sisters; 02:00 Family members in the service; 04:00 Education prior to the military/Southern Illinois University; 05:07 Dropping out of college - enlisting in the army in 1967; 05:56 Basic training in the Kentucky Winter; 07:05 First exposure to other cultures; 07:53 Communications specialist training - Fort Gordon, Georgia; 09:00 Getting orders for Vietnam - assigned to a supply company; 09:44 Least favorite part of basic - long marches in the snow; 10:56 Favorite part - Meeting people/basic was easier than he thought; 13:14 Impressions/attitudes before shipping out; 14:40 "Scary" moments in Vietnam; 15:53 366 Days in Vietnam; 16:25 Coming back to a "new world" after Vietnam/culture shock; 17:20 Interactions with anti-war sentiment; 19:17 Vietnam Veterans of America Association; 20:20 Military life after Vietnam - Fort Lewis, Washington State; 21:30 R&R in Hong Kong during Vietnam; 22:25 The Tet Offensive - the war "got serious" for the support units; 24:56 Being shot at during Tet/supply runs; 26:20 Role on base during the Vietnam War/importance of communications; 30:00 Living on base - Mr. Enchelmayer describes his living/working conditions; 32:13 Free time on base; food on base; 33:15 Interactions with the Vietnamese; 36:06 Visiting his cousin while in Vietnam - going to Saigon; 37:02 Taking care of 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment/size of the base; 38:13 Communicating with fellow soldiers after the war; 40:35 Post-Vietnam military career - Ft. Lewis Headquarters Company; 41:44 Marrying a fellow service-woman; 42:10 Decision to leave the military - going back to Southern Illinois University; 43:33 Getting a degree in radio television broadcast management; 44:15 Most valuable military experience; 46:10 Post-military career in cable television; 47:40 Working for the University of Miami medical school; 48:30 Sons in the military/wives in the military; 50:41 Final thoughts on the military; 51:54-53:36 Looks at letters he wrote home to his mother.
Date of Birth
Place of Birth
White - Non Hispanic
War or Conflict
Entrance into Service
Branch of Service
Unit of Service
506th Supply and Service Company, 1st Logistical Command
Specialist 5th Class; SP5
Vietnam Service Medal; Good Conduct Medal
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LIFE Peer-to-Peer Program
City of Birth
Country of Birth
Location of Interview
UCF Orlando, Fl.
Enchelmayer, Paul 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, "Enchelmayer, Paul L. interview" (2014). Veterans Oral Histories. 217.