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Oral History interview of Ramon Figueroa. Interview conducted by Randall, Robert and Bowers, Katherine at Mr. Figueroa's home in Oviedo, FL.


0:00 Introduction; 0:42 Place of Birth; 1:07 Figueroa's Siblings; 4:35 Figueroa as a Child; 7:50 Divorced Parents; 8:30 School and Home Environment; 10:21 Parents Jobs and Influence; 13:28 Paternal Grandfather; 15:41 Childhood Home; 17:42 Community in Puerto Rico; 20:56 The Draft; 26:20 First Days in the Military, Racism, Processing; 28:16 Sorting Draftees, Separating Spanish Speakers, Basic Training; 30:10 Military Occupational Specialty; 31:26 Kitchen Police, Memories from Basic Training; 33:28 Life in the Barracks; 35:18 Graduation; 36:10 Advanced Infantry Training; 36:26 Journey to Vietnam and First Days in Saigon; 39:36 Thoughts on Vietnam and Reporting for Duty to 2nd Brigade, First Combat; 44:22 After First Tour, Cassius Clay, and Enlisting for Second Tour; 46:53 Second Tour in Da Nang; 49:56 War Medals and Life in the Jungle; 56:55 Retire from Military and Job with the Department of Corrections; 1:00:34 Orlando Vet Center and Recollections on the War, Confusion of War and Encounters with the Vietnamese; 1:07:36 Final Thoughts.

Date of Birth


Place of Birth

Bayamon (Puerto Rico)




White - Non Hispanic

War or Conflict

Vietnam Era



Entrance into Service


Branch of Service

U.S. Army

Unit of Service

ACO 1 INT 16 BN Vietnam; C CO 1 BN 11 INT. Vietnam

Location of Service

Vietnam; Saigon (Vietnam); Da Nang (Vietnam)

Highest Rank

Sergeant First Class SFC

Service Related Injury



El Pasa M. Chilin II


Bronze Star Medal; US Army Combat Action Badge; Combat Infantryman Badge


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Country of Birth

Puerto Rico


Randall, Robert; Bowers, Katherine

Interview Date

Spring 4-2-2015

Location of Interview

Mr. Figueroa's home in Oviedo, FL.


Figueroa, Ramon L.; Vietnam War, 1961-1975 -- 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


Randall, Robert; Bowers, Katherine

Length of Interview

70 Minutes


Department of History, University of Central Florida


MovingImage, Video, Sound, Audio


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