Oral History interview of ALAN FICKETT. Interview conducted by Feldt, Casey and Haddon, James at University of Central Florida- Orlando, FL.
00:00 Introduction; 0:14 Family life; 0:33 Early education/ childhood; 1:15 Reasons for joining Naval Reserve; 2:30 Boot Camp; 3:30 Quartermaster school; 4:24 Most memorable experience during training; 6:11 Navigation training; 7:22 First assignment- USS Threadfin; 7:38 Naval Reserve versus active duty; 9:36 Role of USS Threadfin; 11:30 Areas of operation; 11:54 Quartermaster responsibilities; 13:04 Challenges in role; 14:16 Daily life aboard submarine; 15:06 Living quarters on submarine; 17:01 Communication with home; 17:34 Down-time while on duty; 18:25 Where he lived while not at sea; 18:30 Shore duty versus sea duty; 19:40 Most memorable experience; 21:42 Transition to civilian life; 23:42 Work experience after college; 25:37 Applying military experience to civilian life; 26:10 Contact with crew members; 27:20 Advice to those wanting to enlist; 28:30 Closing comments; 29:00 Importance of veteran interviews.
Date of Birth
Place of Birth
White - Non Hispanic
War or Conflict
Begin/End date of Service - 1st
Entrance into Service
Branch of Service
U.S. Naval Reserve
Unit of Service
USS THREADFIN (SS-410); SUBRON 12
Quartermaster 2nd Class Petty Officer; QM2
Prisoner of War
Service Related Injury
National Defense Ribbon
See the video
City of Birth
Country of Birth
Feldt, Casey and Haddon, James
Location of Interview
University of Central Florida- Orlando, FL.
Fickett, Alan G.; 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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University of Central Florida Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives
UCF Community Veterans History Project
Central Florida, RICHES of, "Fickett, Alan Greenfield interview" (2014). Veterans Oral Histories. 235.