Streaming Media


Oral History interview of Richard Sloane. Interview conducted by Van Zandt, Carolyn at College of Education, University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL.


02:52 Family background; decision to join the Navy; 03:25 First Assignment to USS Rockbridge; 04:40 Officer Candidate School (OCS); 05:45 Graduation Day as a new Ensign; 06:28 Division repair officer, first job and early assignments; 07:10 Volunteers for Vietnam; 08:10 LSTs on the Mekong; 10:40 Leadership foundations developed with upbringing and responsibility; 11:42 Other duty assignments leading to command of Santa Barbara; 12:50 Final assignments to Service Schools Command Great Lakes NTC; 14:30 Military family on the move; 15:57 Coming to Orlando NTC, the last duty assignment; 23:00 RTC, Nuclear Power School, Service Schools Command at NTC; 24:30 Daily life for recruits and trainees at schools, the grinder, the USS Bluejack; 25:51 Airbase history Orlando and Sanford Airports; 28:10 Simulator training in Central Florida; 28:48 The most difficult thing as the Schools Command; 32:00 The most proud at NTC; 33:21 Memorable Stories: Navy Marine Corps Relief Society; 35:15 Memorable Places: Lake Baldwin; 37:55 Change of Command and Retirement; 40:12 Keeping in Touch with old friends; 41:55 Lost sailors family reaches out to contact Captain Sloan; 44:30 Character lessons from a career in the Navy; 47:00 Lasting Legacy of NTC Orlando; 49:10 Lone Sailor Memorial.

Date of Birth


Place of Birth

New York (N.Y.)




White - Non Hispanic

Home State

New York

War or Conflict

Vietnam Era



Begin/End date of Service - 1st



Entrance into Service


Branch of Service

U.S. Navy

Unit of Service

USS Santa Barbara, River Section 35; USS Garcia; USS Wisconsin

Location of Service


Highest Rank

Captain; CAPT

Prisoner of War


Service Related Injury



Purple Heart; Bronze Star with V Device; Legion of Merit; Combat Action Award; Navy "E"


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City of Birth

New York

Country of Birth

United States


Van Zandt, Carolyn

Interview Date


Location of Interview

College of Education, University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL.


Sloane, Richard T.; Vietnam War, 1961-1975 -- 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

51 Minutes


Department of History, University of Central Florida


Video; MovingImage


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