Streaming Media


0:00 Introduction; 0:35 Childhood; 1:05 Parents; 1:26 Family's military service; 1:50 Education; 2:00 Decision to Enlist; 2:36 Family's thoughts on enlistment; 2:52 Boot camp; 3:16 1st assignment; 4:00 Instructors; 4:20 Navy life; 5:20 Naval Duties including Watches; 6:00 Duties during Vietnam; 6:30 Western Cruise; 6:55 Philippines; 7:20 Typical day; 7:55 Food; 8:10 Entertainment; 9:25 Transition to the Naval Reserves; 9:50 Back to school; 10:30 Job in Reserves; 11:00 Moving through ranks; 11:25 Memorable days; 11:55 Activities while in port; 12:35 Awards received; 12:50 Assisting with Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm; 13:30 Drills; 14:05 Differences between Vietnam and Desert Storm and Desert Shield; 14:45 Off-duty activities; 15:40 Visiting home; 15:55 Work in civilian life; 16:10 Contact with friends from Navy; 16:30 Injuries; 17:10 September 11, 2001; 17:32 Transition from Navy to civilian life; 18:25 Reception from community; 18:55 Lessons Learned from Military; 19:20 Funny Stories; 20:25 Advice for Prospective Soldiers; 21:00 Conclusion.



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