Streaming Media


Oral History interview of Martha Reuter. Interview conducted by Leanne Wiggins at UCF Orlando, FL.


0:13 Lead; 0:25 Birth date and location; 0:53 Family life background; 1:54 Life prior to the Navy; 2:52 Why she chose the Navy, how she entered; 4:26 How she chose her Navy career training; 5:18 What she knew of Orlando prior to attending boot camp; 6:23 First impressions of NTC Orlando and first days of service; 8:54 Her experience as a woman at NTC Orlando, how she chose drill team; 11:15 Responsibilities at boot camp; 11:55 Her impression of her training at boot camp; 12:49 Who she interacted with on a daily basis, shipmates and co. commanders; 14:58 Explains gig line; 15:14 The gas chamber, learning how to put out fire, swimming, shooting guns; 17:36 Graduation experience; 18:28 Liberty Call and local weather; 19:54 Discusses the USS Bluejacket; 20:49 Discusses the Grinder; 21:53 Other trainings at NTC Orlando; 22:48 Discusses the chapel and the chow hall; 24:12 Displays/describes her grad. hat, uniform, tie, and "birth control" glasses; 26:56 Discusses how she chose to be a Photographer's Mate; 28:22 Her experience as a Photographer's Mate; 32:09 Her experience after leaving active duty; 34:51 Navy values and characteristics; 37:06 How the NTC & Orlando changed over time & what she would like to see; 40:56 Legacy of NTC Orlando; 41:53 Her experience at Ground Zero; 43:30 End of recording.

Date of Birth


Place of Birth

Abingdon (Va.)




White - Non Hispanic

Home State


War or Conflict

Cold War Era; Post-Cold War Era



Begin/End date of Service - 1st



Begin/End date of Service - 2nd



Entrance into Service


Branch of Service

U.S. Navy

U.S. Naval Reserve

Unit of Service

NAS Corpus Christi, TX; Reserves

Highest Rank

Petty Officer 2nd Class; PO2

Prisoner of War


Service Related Injury



Photographer's Mate; took groundbreaking photos of NAS Ingleside, TX; Massed the rails as workers brought out the last bean from Ground Zero of the World Trade Center

City of Birth


Country of Birth

United States


Leanne Wiggins

Interview Date


Location of Interview

UCF Orlando, FL.


Reuter, Martha; Cold War -- Personal narratives; Women and the military -- United States; United States. Navy

Collection Description

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

44 Minutes


Department of History, University of Central Florida


Video; MovingImage


All rights are held by the respective holding institution. This material is posted publicly for non-profit educational uses, excluding printed publication. For permission to reproduce and/or for copyright information contact Special Collections and University Archives, University of Central Florida Libraries, (407) 823-2576.


University of Central Florida Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives

Contributing Project

UCF Community Veterans History Project

Document Type