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Oral History interview of Lorenzo Hawkins. Interview conducted by Norwood, Marissa at University of Central Florida Library in Orlando.


0:00 Introduction; 00:51 Early Life/ Childhood Home; 1:35 Life during Segregation/ Segregated Schools; 2:45 Early Family Life/ Brother's Other than Honorable Discharge; 4:15 Pre-Military Life/ Mother's Illness and College; 5:33 Grandfather's Military Service; 6:17 Uncles' Military Service; 7:05 Thoughts on the Draft/ Decision to Enlist; 8:19 Best Friend's Enlistment and effect on Military Service; 9:33 Best Friend's deployment to Vietnam and his own deployment to Vietnam; 10:39 Decision to enlist in the Air Force; 11:31 First Assignment following Training/ Free Time; 12:39 Daily North Vietnamese Attacks/Routine Day-to-Day Life; 21:30 Back Injury; 22:24 Effect of Martin Luther King's Assassination on his views toward service; 23:37 Military Service in Taiwan; 25:15 Return to the United States/ Employment in the US/ Desegregation; 28:53 Employment with the Post Office; 30:52 Contact with Family Members/ Separation from Family during Service; 32:06 People Mr. Hawkins served with/ Description of Mr. Hawkins' photos; 47:42 Missing Family while overseas; 48:17 Final Day in Service; 49:50 Community Reaction to Mr. Hawkin's return/ Classmate killed in Vietnam; 51:32 Employment following Military Service; 53:14 Racism's effect on his employment/ Managerial Position at Post Office; 54:27 Grievances filed during his tenure at the Post Office; 55:25 Retirement/ Medical Effect of his Disk Removal during his service/Back Pain following his service; 59:25 Reflection on his Military Service/ Problems with VA Medical treatments; 1:03:44 Advice to people contemplating Enlistment/ Mr. Hawkin's Veteran son; 1:05:37 Reflection on Mr. Hawkins' involvement with Veterans' Administration; 1:07:31 Conclusion.

Date of Birth


Place of Birth

Johnson (Fla.)




Black or African American

Home State


War or Conflict

Vietnam Era



Entrance into Service


Branch of Service

U.S. Air Force

Location of Service

Vietnam; Taiwan

Prisoner of War


Service Related Injury



See the video

City of Birth


Country of Birth

United States


Norwood, Marissa

Interview Date


Location of Interview

University of Central Florida Library in Orlando.

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


Norwood, Marissa

Length of Interview

69 Minutes


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