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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.

Place of Birth

Gastonia (N.C.)




White - Non Hispanic

War or Conflict

Vietnam Era

Interview Date


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


Department of History, University of Central Florida


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