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Oral History interview of Aubrey Ducker. Interview conducted by Orr, Terrell at Mr. Ducker's home in Winter Park, FL.


00:45 Parents' occupation; 1:42 Time before enlistment; 2:38 Reasons for entering the Navy; 3:51 Family's reaction to enlistment; 6:00 Boot camp at NTC Orlando; 7:37 Prior knowledge of Central Florida; 8:16 Length of time at NTC Orlando; 9:28 First impressions of NTC Orlando; 10:44 First few days at NTC Orlando; 14:21 Role as Recruit Chief, Petty Officer; 15:25 Relationship with other recruits; 15:57 Overall impression of the recruits; 17:58 Experience in a younger boot camp company; 18:14 Transition to Nuclear Field A School at NTC Orlando; 19:43 Average day at Nuclear Field A School; 22:47 Teachers at Nuclear Field A School; 24:27 Transition to Nuclear Power School at NTC Orlando; 26:30 Entertainment and activities off base; 28:41 Social life among recruits; 32:58 Relationship with instructors at Nuclear Power School; 33:58 Hardest thing done at NTC Orlando; 40:48 Graduation from Nuclear Power School; 41:01 Prototype training in Windsor, Ct.; 42:30 Time spent on the USS George Bancroft; 47:19 Average day on the USS George Bancroft during deterrent patrol; 53:08 Continued connections with the NTC Orlando; 55:18 Education pursued after the Navy; 58:11 Lasting legacy of the NTC Orlando.

Date of Birth


Place of Birth

Chattanooga (Tenn.)




White - Non Hispanic

Home State


War or Conflict

Cold War Era



Begin/End date of Service - 1st



Entrance into Service


Branch of Service

U.S. Navy

Unit of Service

USS George Bancroft, SSBN-643

Highest Rank

Petty Officer 2nd Class; PO2

Prisoner of War


Service Related Injury



Good Conduct Medal; Humanitarian Service Medal; National Defense Service Medal; Sea Service Ribbon


Logroom Yeoman; Shutdown Reactor Operator; battery Charging Electrician; Helmsman Lookout


After service, attended Valencia Community College, UCF, and UF College of Law

Country of Birth

United States


Orr, Terrell

Interview Date

Spring 3-13-2014

Location of Interview

Mr. Ducker's home in Winter Park, FL


Ducker, Aubrey H.; Cold War -- Personal narratives; 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

60 Minutes


Department of History, University of Central Florida


Sound, Audio


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