Oral History interview of Ralph Schaeffler. Interview conducted by Winter, Nancy at UCF Orlando, Fl.
0:33 Biographical information/ childhood; 1:22 Pre-military education; 1:42 Other family members in military; 2:00 Decision to go into military; 2:58 Family's feelings about military; 3:16 Basic training; 5:04 First assignment on LST; 6:26 Most memorable moment in Beachmaster unit; 8:48 Relationship with others in unit; 9:10 Weather abroad; 9:22 Relationship with. Lebanese civilians; 10:27 Communicating with family; 11:50 Ship memorabilia; 12:40 Life on USS Enterprise and Saratoga; 16:45 Duties while in home-port; 17:03 Leaving military; 18:20 Life after retirement at Lockheed Martin; 19:48 Use of G. I benefits; 20:34 Treatment by others at home; 21:15 Arriving home after cruise to Vietnam; 21:47 Duties on USS Saratoga; 22:34 Military's effect on civilian life; 23:06 Keeping in touch with other vets; 24:21 Memorable incident while on Enterprise; 25:57 Duty station in Gulf of Tonkin during Vietnam; 27:42 Other places stationed; 32:31 Last comments.
Date of Birth
Place of Birth
White - Non Hispanic
War or Conflict
Begin/End date of Service - 1st
Entrance into Service
Branch of Service
Unit of Service
Beach Master Unit 2; 6th Company Fleet; Company Mine Force Naval Intelligence
Chief Petty Officer; CPO
Prisoner of War
Service Related Injury
Good Conduct Medal; Vietnam Service Medal
Beach Master Naval Intelligence
City of Birth
Country of Birth
Location of Interview
UCF Orlando, Fl.
Schaeffler, Ralph A.; Vietnam War, 1961-1975 -- Personal Narratives; United States. Navy
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, "Schaeffler, Ralph A. interview" (2014). Veterans Oral Histories. 225.