Streaming Media


Oral History interview of Jack Reynolds. Interview conducted by Sarah Schneider at Lake County Florida.


0:40 Birthplace and date; 0:55 Siblings and parents occupations; 1:34 Growing up in hometown and school; 3:45 Family history of military service; 4:17 Entry into the service and going to Korea; 5:35 Going by ship to Japan; 7:00 Basic training; 8:00 Trained as a tanker, assigned as an infantryman; 9:25 Friend from basic dies while on patrol; 10:50 MASH and getting injured; 12:30 Goes on patrol, gets hit by mortar, goes back to MASH; 14:10 Friend picks him up; 15:15 Reassigned to an engineering unit at Inchon; 15:40 Building pipelines; 17:00 Investigating an interesting building meant for diseased people; 18:00 Driving a train because the conductor was drunk; 19:55 Fuel pipe breaks, stops a truck with the President onboard; 22:00 Collecting points to get sent home, staying for another rotation; 22:50 Korean people taking the spilled gas; 24:00 Value of the Korean Won, G.I. currency changes due to black market; 26:10 Special meal for Thanksgiving; 27:00 Makes friend in foxhole; 29:00 Korean people; 29:45 Gen. Ridgeway, taking pictures with his plane; 30:33 Inchon harbor and the high tide; 31:30 Oil spill and massive fire; 33:25 Training draftees at Camp Aderbury, Confederate band; 35:40 Earning Purple Hearts; 36:10 Having teeth fixed after returning home; 37:05 Meeting his wife; 38:50 Got a job as a civilian in the Navy; 40:05 Worked with artillery rounds and bombs; 42:55 Worked in other countries loading ammunition for American made ships; 43:50 Meets the leader of Taiwan; 45:50 Working in Greece, seeing the sights; 47:25 Witnessing brutality of foreign governments; 48:55 Working with Chinese workers; 50:35 Retires in Florida, joins veterans' organization; 51:55 Working in Hawaii, Pearl Harbor; 56:45 Movies versus reality of combat; 59:00 Contemplating time in the military as a Soldier and civilian; 59:45 Moving to Florida, meets people that they retired with; 1:00:40 Thank you and conclusion.

Date of Birth


Place of Birth

Bedford (Ind.)




White - Non Hispanic

Home State


War or Conflict

Korean Conflict



Begin/End date of Service - 1st



Entrance into Service


Branch of Service

U.S. Army

Unit of Service

1st Cavalry

Location of Service


Highest Rank

Sergeant Sergeant; (SGT)

Prisoner of War


Service Related Injury



Purple Heart; Combat Infantry Badge


See video for details.


Korean War and Korean Service Veterans of Lake County, Chapter 159 Inc. Awarded Purple Heart twice.

City of Birth


Country of Birth

United States


Schneider, Sarah

Interview Date

Fall 11-5-2015

Location of Interview

Lake County Florida.


Reynolds, Jack D.; Korean War, 1950-1953 -- 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


Schneider, Sarah

Length of Interview

61 Minutes


Department of History, University of Central Florida


Video; MovingImage


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