Oral History interview of Michael Partain. Interview conducted by Hill, Amanda at Mr. Partain's home in Winter Haven, FL.
0:00:00 Lead in; 0:00:33 Birth, Camp Lejeune, parents and family, early life; 0:01:44 Joining the Navy, education, Nuclear Propulsion School; 0:03:33 Enlistment, boot camp, special training, Nuclear Propulsion School; 0:06:01 Naval presence in Central Florida; 0:08:07 Time at NTC, basic training, becoming ill, Navy Hospital, disqualification, leaving the Navy; 0:11:16 Life at NTC, individuality, training, barracks, Dis, group mentality; 0:16:45 Relationship with other recruits; 0:20:24 Team Building and needed skills; 0:23:23 Social life; 0:23:46 Birthday card, Naval Academy, father and grandfather; 0:25:23 Lessons learned in the Navy, "military bearing," gig line; 0:25:51 Recruit life, daily interactions, UCMJ, classes; 0:28:16 UCMJ; 0:28:53 Challenges at NTC, marching; 0:30:23 Proud, pictures taken, sending letters; 0:31:55 Leaving the Navy, Navy blues; 0:33:18 Life after the Navy, breast cancer, Superfund sites; 0:36:31 Keeping in touch with friends from the base; 0:37:14 Lessons from the Navy, part of something larger, Camp Lejeune, "God, honor, country," "Never give up"; 0:39:13 Legacy of NTC Orlando; 0:43:25 Navy Hospital, illness, Camp Lejeune; 0:45:13-42:47 Ending remarks.
Date of Birth
Place of Birth
Camp Lejeune (N.C.)
White - Non Hispanic
War or Conflict
Cold War Era
Entrance into Service
Branch of Service
Unit of Service
Recruit Training Command
Location of Service
Prisoner of War
Service Related Injury
See the video
Had to leave Navy after becoming ill.
City of Birth
Country of Birth
Location of Interview
Mr. Partain's home in Winter Haven, FL.
Partain, Michael; Cold War -- 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, "Partain, Michael interview" (2014). Veterans Oral Histories. 271.