Streaming Media


0:26 Start of interview; 0:52 Birth in Iowa and early life; 1:27 Joining the service; 2:12 Reactions of family and friends; 2:34 Volunteering to go to Vietnam; 2:49 Family in the military; 3:40 Great Lakes Boot Camp and training; 8:40 Camp Lejeune; 11:47 Naval Hospital Jacksonville Florida; 15:45 Going to Vietnam; 16:18 Force Logistics Command at Red Beach Da Nang; 17:00 Combined Action Platoon; 19:14 Realization of how dangerous Vietnam was; 20:30 Role in unit as a medic; 21:20 Delivering a Baby; 24:30 Opinion of the Locals; 25:34 Opinion of Vietcong; 30:26 Performing under fire; 31:02 Cam Ne; 34:30 First fire fight; 36:54 Leaving Vietnam; 41:02 Adapting to being back home; 45:36 Awards/citations; 47:28 Career after the military; 49:42 Love life; 50:50 Contact with those who also served; 51:29 Opinion of the military and lessons learned; 54:13 Advice to those thinking about joining the military; 55:40 Story of Baby Blue; 58:46 Dealing with the painful memories; 61:15 Closing statement.



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