Streaming Media


Oral History interview of David O. O'Neal. Interview conducted by Margara, Donna and Dow, Rebecca at O'Neal's Residence.


0:00 Introduction/Summary/Going into Navy; 4:26 Vietnam; 5:11 Stationed; 5:33 P3 Aircraft; 6:21 Computers on P3 Aircraft; 7:20 Instructor for Advance Arts School; 8:45 A.S. Computer Engineering; 9:33 Computer Manage Instruction; 10:22 Navy Medal; 11:12 Chief Petty Officer and duties; 12:25 Jacksonville, FL; last tour duty; 12:38 Retiring from Navy; 12:54 Going to school for BA and MBA; 13:48 Epcot at Disney; 14:58 Navy Exchange; 17:30 Blue Cross/Blue Shield; 18:19 Wife retiring and moving to Orlando; 18:33 Retiring Officially; 20:00 Photo from Rodo, Spain; 22:39 Anti-Submarine Warfare; 23:50 Deploying to Philippines; 24:12 Learning Morris Code; 24:56 Shadow Box of medals; 26:00 Losing friends in military service; 26:48 Personal history; 27:00 Moving around United States; 28:00 High school/being in a band; 29:50 Leaving the military; 31:05 Why the Navy?; 33:16 First deployment and thoughts?; 34:33 Average day at sea?; 39:05 Flying over Arctic circle; 40:37 Retirement ceremony - most memorable moment?; 41:09 First aircraft accident; 43:10 Being separated from family; 46:27 Favorite place visited; 48:59 Medals that are most meaningful; 54:20 Advice for future men and women going into military; 61:43 September 11th; 63:36 The End.

Place of Birth

Seminole (Tex.)




White - Non Hispanic

Home State


War or Conflict

Vietnam Era



Entrance into Service


Interview Date

Fall 10-3-2012

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


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