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Oral History interview of Mike Gracey. Interview conducted by Jolly, Sarah and Hartley,Brian at Lockheed Martin, Sand Lake Road in Orlando Florida.


00:30 Personal Details; 1:20 Why he joined the Army; 2:13 Life before military; 3:00 Basic training/Ft. Carson; 4:45 Basic training instructors; 5:45 Difficult obstacle during basic; 6:30 On base shenanigans; 7:12 On base duties; 7:45 Social life; 8:45 Advanced training; 9:35 First assignment; 10:18 Fort Carson first impressions; 11:09 Daily life at Ft. Carson; 11:55 Job preparedness out of training; 12:30 Equipment on base; 13:30 The food; 13:50 Life on base; 16:05 Relationships at Ft. Carson; 16:50 Reintegration to civilian life; 18:20 Post military education; 19:20 Still in touch with army friends? 21:35 Job at Lockheed Martin; 22:35 Lessons Learned from Military; 23:53 Wisdom to pass on; 25:08 Miscellaneous (things worth saying that weren't questions asked).

Date of Birth


Place of Birth

Parris Island (S.C.)




White - Non Hispanic

Home State

South Carolina

War or Conflict

Vietnam Era




Entrance into Service


Branch of Service

U.S. Army

Unit of Service

4th of the 4th Infantry Division

Highest Rank

Corporal; CPL

Prisoner of War


Service Related Injury



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City of Birth

Parris Island

Country of Birth

United States


Jolly, Sarah and Hartley, Brian

Interview Date

Winter 3-25-2014

Location of Interview

Lockheed Martin, Sand Lake Road in Orlando Florida.


Gracey, Mike; Vietnam War, 1961-1975 -- 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

Length of Interview

29 Minutes


Department of History, University of Central Florida


MovingImage; Video


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