Streaming Media


Oral History interview of Terry W. Wheeler. Interview conducted by Johnson, Taylor at the University of Central Florida in Orlando, Fla.


0:00 Introduction; 0:32 Birth and Childhood; 1:20 Pre-Army Education; 1:36 Family In the Service; 1:53 Choice to Enter Service; 2:09 Family Reaction to Entrance in Service; 2:51 Duties as an Armor Officer; 3:23 Initial Training; 4:44 Advanced Training; 5:44 Assignment to Germany; 6:25 Activities in Germany; 7:20 German Border Camp Duties; 8:15 Gunnery Activities; 8:48 Opinion on Germans; 9:25 Loss of a Fellow Serviceman in an Accident; 10:43 Travel in Germany; 11:12 Contacting Family While Overseas; 11:28 Fellow Service Members; 12:05 Return to the United States; 12:36 Ft. Benning, Ga.; 12:48 Advanced Training for Jobs as Tank Company Commander; 14:20 Combat Situations Branch Work; 15:24 Routine day in Ft. Benning; 16:25 Resignation from Service; 17:39 Graduate School; 17:50 Awards Received; 18:09 Most Memorable Thing About Service; 18:44 Job After Service End; 19:00 Current Employment; 19:11 Student Development and Enrollment Services at UC; 19:29 Effect of Military Career on Civilian Life; 20:05 Free Time Post-Service; 20:22 Advice for Potential Military Members; 20:50 Closing Statements

Date of Birth


Place of Birth

Ft. Lee (Va.)




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. Army

Unit of Service

3rd Squadron, 7th Cavalry, 3rd Infantry Division; 2nd Battalion, 69th Armor, 197th Infantry Brigade; 1st Battalion, 11th Infantry - US Army Infantry School

Location of Service

Fort Knox (Ky.); Schweinfurt (Germany); Fort Benning (Ga.)

Highest Rank

Captain; CPT

Prisoner of War


Service Related Injury



Army Service Ribbon; Overseas Service Ribbon; Army Achievement Medal; Army Commendation Medal


Was named Cavalry Platoon Leader of Squadron S2 and S1 (3/7 Cavalry in Schweinfurt, Germany), Battalion Maintenance Officer and Tank Company Commander of 2-69 Armor in Ft. Benning, Ga., Executive Officer of the Combat Simulations Branch, Deputy Director of the Concept and Analysis Division, and Directorate of Combat Developments at the U.S. Army Infantry School in Ft. Benning, Ga.

Country of Birth

United States


Johnson, Taylor

Interview Date


Location of Interview

University of Central Florida in Orlando, Fla.


Wheeler, Terry W.; Cold War -- Personal Narratives; United States. Army

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


Johnson, Taylor

Length of Interview

21 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