Oral History interview of Norman Collins. Interview conducted by Johansen, Cody; Morales, Erly at University of Central Florida- Orlando, FL.
0:14 Biographical information/ childhood; 1:20 Pre-military education; 1:35 Decision to go into military; 3:56 Family's feelings about military; 4:07 Boot camp; 5:38 Most memorable moment of photo training; 6:49 First assignment out of training; 7:39 NPIC/NRTSC; 8:40 Microfilm; 10:25 Memorable photo contents; 11:56 Effects of escalation of Vietnam/ Cuban Missile Crisis; 13:00 Work with Bell; 14:20 Travels while on leave; 15:59 Reason for leaving service; 16:41 Remaining in contact with fellow servicemen; 17:50 Transition to civilian life; 18:00 Civilian versus military employment; 21:14 Work with the Secretary of Defense; 22:57 His very interesting contribution; 24:10 Hobbies/ Florida Lighthouse Association; 25:20 Children; 27:53 Other significant memories; 29:50 Cruising/ closing remarks.
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
Naval Reconnaissance and Technical Support Center; Integrated Operational Intelligence Center (IOIC)
Photographer's Mate 3rd Class Petty Officer PHOM3
Prisoner of War
Service Related Injury
Good Conduct Medal
Processed aerial reconnaissance photographs from the Cuban Crisis and Vietnam Conflict
Worked with Bell and Howell designing and testing of the ABR-506 Microfiche Diazo Processor to be used in the IOIC. Thirty Year civil servant working for the Navy in Suitland, MD; Dept. of Commerce in Washington D.C; Navy in Pensacola, FL; Retired with 30 years service from the Office of the Secretary of Defense in Orlando, FL.
City of Birth
Country of Birth
Johansen, Cody; Morales, Erly
Location of Interview
University of Central Florida- Orlando, FL
Collins, Norman; 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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UCF Community Veterans History Project
Central Florida, RICHES of, "Collins, Norman interview" (2014). Veterans Oral Histories. 231.