Oral History interview of Alan Holtz. Interview conducted by Grossi, Jared at University of Central Florida- Orlando, FL.
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.
Date of Birth
Place of Birth
Brooklyn (New York, N.Y.)
White - Non Hispanic
War or Conflict
Entrance into Service
Branch of Service
Unit of Service
Attack Squadron 55; USS Hancock (Cva-19); USS Nashville (Lpd-13); Navy Reserve Center, Gainesville, FL; Navy Reserve Center, Utica, NY; Navy Reserve Center; Brooklyn, NY; Navy Reserve Center, Orlando, FL; Navy Reserve Center, Wilmington, NC
Location of Service
Petty Officer 1st Class; PO1
Desert Storm; Desert Shield
Good Conduct Medal; Vietnam Service Medal; National Defense Medal
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Served on an aircraft carrier off the coast of Vietnam assisting in several operations in 1972-73; helped mobilize naval reservists during operation desert shield and operation desert storm. Awarded certificate for participation in the cold war.
City of Birth
Country of Birth
Location of Interview
University of Central Florida- Orlando, FL.
Holtz, Alan R.; Vietnam War, 1961-1975 -- 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, "Holtz, Alan R. interview" (2014). Veterans Oral Histories. 321.