Oral History interview of Jefferson Fraser. Interview conducted by Webb, Joshua at UCF's Colbourn Hall Room 516 in Orlando, FL.
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.
Date of Birth
Place of Birth
White - Non Hispanic
War or Conflict
Entrance into Service
Branch of Service
Unit of Service
Navy Hospital Corpsman assigned to: Combined Action Group of 3rd Marine Amphibious Force
Location of Service
Vietnam; Camp Lejeune (N.C.); Red Beach (Da Nang, Vietnam)
Hospital Corpsman Petty Officer 1st Class; HM1
Prisoner of War
Service Related Injury
"Provided total medical care for five villages SW of DaNang (about 5,000) and 14 Marines. Lived in their villages, got to know them as people, helped them during the day and protected them at night." -The Veteran.
"Have written several short stories about these events as well as made several DVDs with pictures and music that tell a story. The stories were my 'therapy' of sorts to help me work through some of the memories that were carried around and never spoken about. I'm ready to share some of them now with others, perhaps they may help someone else. My mother saved many of the hand written letters I had sent her and a few years ago I transcribed them to my computer and added pictures that were relevant to what I was telling her about." -The Veteran.
City of Birth
Country of Birth
Location of Interview
UCF's Colbourn Hall Room 516 in Orlando, FL.
Fraser, Jefferson; Vietnam War, 1961-1975 -- Personal Narratives; United States. Marine Corps
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, "Fraser, Jefferson interview" (2015). Veterans Oral Histories. 364.