Oral History interview of Gloria Corbet. Interview conducted by Tyler Campbell at Lake County Florida.
0:30 Birthdate and location; 0:45 Parent's occupations; 1:46 Other family in the service; 2:50 College before service; 4:55 Choosing what service to join; 5:45 Assimilating into military life; 6:55 Going to chemical school in the Army; 7:50 Women's Army Corps and school; 8:40 Working as a chemical instructor at WAC basic training; 10:08 Attempting to volunteer for Vietnam; 11:20 Next station at Okinawa in charge of WAC detachment; 13:40 Average day at Okinawa; 14:40 Death of Truman; 15:10 Fear of Korean aggression '68-69 and plans to protect themselves; 16:50 Interaction with other service and death of husband; 19:05 How she met her husband and learning to shoot; 20:40 Questions ability to kill; 21:10 Selecting a new duty station and learning to work on computers; 24:10 Teaching at the computer school; 24:45 Husband gets out of Marines and they get married; 27:05 Stationed at Baileys Crossroads, Va. in computer acquisition; 28:22 Working at the Pentagon; 31:09 Reassigned to Ft. McClellan and WAC transition to regular Army; 33:05 Dealing with sexism in the Army; 35:55 Army downsizes; 37:50 Reassigned to Army Reserve headquarters, creating programs; 39:00 Making major and the opening of the Army ranks to women; 39:55 Husband gets a job as civilian bus driver; 41:00 Assigned to Ft. McPherson, Georgia assessing Army Reserves cost; 42:20 Dealing with integrating the WAC and Army; 45:00 Average day in Ft. McPherson; 46:35 Retiring at Ft. McPherson; 47:07 Reason for retiring; 49:06 Goes to school at UCF after retiring; 51:10 Getting jobs after school with organizations; 52:26 Staying in contact with people from the military; 53:22 Membership in veterans' organizations; 55:40 Dad reaction to joining the Army; 56:23 Conclusion.
Date of Birth
Place of Birth
White - Non Hispanic
War or Conflict
Begin/End date of Service - 1st
Entrance into Service
Branch of Service
Unit of Service
RCPAC, St. Louis, MO
Location of Service
Fort McClellan (Ala.); Okinawa Island (Japan); Fort Monmouth (N.J.); Arlington County (Va.); St. Louis (Mo.); Fort McPherson (Ga.)
Lieutenant Colonel; Lieutenant Colonel (LTC)
Prisoner of War
Service Related Injury
See video for details.
Transition from WAC to Army. Awarded many medals.
City of Birth
Country of Birth
Location of Interview
Lake County Florida.
Corbert, Gloria L.; Vietnam War, 1961-1975 -- Personal Narratives; Women and the military -- United States; 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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Central Florida, RICHES of, "Corbert, Gloria L. interview" (2015). Veterans Oral Histories. 385.