Oral History interview of Charles Grist. Interview conducted by Kuzdak, Christian at University of Central Florida Library in Orlando.
1:00 Where Mr. Grist was born and raised; 3:30 Explains Army Rangers and talks about joining; 6:30 Impact of actual service; 8:43 Interacting with other soldiers in Iraq (second time); 10:50 What he left behind to Vietnam; 11:30 First in Vietnam; 14:50 About commendation in the army; 17:15 Combat and what one thinks about; 19:40 What one does with free time; 20:45 Typical day in Vietnam; 27:00 Most memorable moments; 36:00 Final days in Vietnam and contacting people at home; 39:50 Differences between Vietnam and Iraq; 45:00 Keeping in touch with other soldiers; 45:45 Views on war and life; 50:00 Additional Thoughts.
Date of Birth
Place of Birth
White - Non Hispanic
War or Conflict
Vietnam Era; Operation Iraqi Freedom
Begin/End date of Service - 1st
Entrance into Service
Branch of Service
Location of Service
First Lieutenant; 1LT; Sergeant First Class; SFC
Prisoner of War
Service Related Injury
Bronze Star Medal; Army Commendation Medal
See the video
Awarded Army Commendation Medal five times.
City of Birth
Country of Birth
Location of Interview
University of Central Florida Library in Orlando.
Grist II, Charles M.; Vietnam War, 1961-1975 -- Personal Narratives; Afghanistan and Iraq Wars, 2001-present -- 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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UCF Community Veterans History Project
Central Florida, RICHES of, "Grist II, Charles M. interview" (2015). Veterans Oral Histories. 348.