Oral History interview of Carl Davis. Interview conducted by Burginger, Lyndsay at Veteran's Home in Oviedo, FL.
0:00 Introduction; 0:45 Early Life; 2:10 Being drafted/Basic Training; 2:45 Marriage before being drafted; 3:35 Medic Training in Fort Sam Houston; 4:32 Mail clerk duties in his unit; 5:49 Traveling throughout Europe on leave; 8:01 Helicopter Evacuation Hospital Service; 10:06 Potential Careers before military service; 11:06 Contact with Family living in America/ Airmail vs. Boatmail; 12:31 Memory of Basic Training/ Feelings about Basic Training; 13:26 Remaining in Contact with other soldiers; 14:16 Considering re-enlisting/ Missing deployment to Vietnam; 15:51 Feelings on Vietnam; 16:25 First things done upon returning to the United States; 17:46 Adapting to Civilian Life after service; 18:38 Family after military service/ Moving to Florida; 19:51 Grandson's plans to join the Army Reserves/ Advice to his grandson; 22:03 Societal Differences between childhood to now/ Civilian appreciation for soldiers' service; 23:15 Community reaction to his return from military service/ work after military service; 24:27 His Community's outreach to Veterans/ Walk of Honor; 27:18 Personal views about his military service; 29:27 Mr. Davis' hobbies and activities; 30:19 Traveling in Europe; 33:15 Fellow Soldier's suicide while deployed in Germany/ Difficulty in soldier's wife living with German women; 36:25 Conclusion.
Date of Birth
Place of Birth
Little Rock (Ark.)
White - Non Hispanic
War or Conflict
Cold War Era
Begin/End date of Service - 1st
Entrance into Service
Branch of Service
Unit of Service
651st Medical Co. (Ambulance)
Location of Service
Fort Sam Houston (Tex.)
Specialist 4th Class; SP4
Prisoner of War
Service Related Injury
Good Conduct Medal; Safe Driving Award Medal; Army Marksmanship Qualification Badge (Sharpshooter)
Mail clerk with security clearance
City of Birth
Country of Birth
Location of Interview
Veteran's Home in Oviedo, FL.
Davis, Carl J.; Cold War -- Personal Narratives; United States. Army
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, "Davis, Carl J. interview" (2015). Veterans Oral Histories. 331.