Oral history interview of Colleen Boyle Interview conducted by Alex Thorp at the veteran’s office in Orlando, FL.
0:29 Birth and Early Life, Education; 4:50 Family in Military; 5:56 Decision to join the Navy; 6:56 Family Reaction; 8:10 Boot Camp; 16:02 Advanced training, Equipment and electronics training; 17:31 Transfer to Spain; 18:15 Sent to AIMD, then transferred to Rhoda, Spain again; 19:08 Transferred as a Recruit Trainer in Orlando; 20:01 Impressions of Spain, Living conditions; 22:44 Typical work day; 24:27 Local interaction in Spain; 26:19 Maintaining contact with home; 27:59 Relationship with fellow service members; 35:01 Leaving Spain; 37:35 Instructor school; 38:00 Company Commander school in Orlando, Duties as company commander, Pregnancy during; 41:15 Impressions of Orlando, Differences with Spain; 44:05 Station and duties in Orlando; 45:54 Experiences as a woman in the military; 51:41 End of Service, Husbands end of service; 54:47 Reception in society after returning home; 55:59 Jobs after service, Unemployment, earning degree in Accounting; 58:43 Jobs after earning CPA; 60:50 Veterans organizations; 61:52 Contact with those served with; 63:24 Husbands military experience.
Date of Birth
Place of Birth
War or Conflict
Begin/End date of Service - 1st
Entrance into Service
Branch of Service
Unit of Service
TSC (Tactical Support Center) in Spain
Location of Service
Spain; Orlando (Fla.)
Petty Officer 2nd Class; PO2
Prisoner of War
Service Related Injury
Good Conduct Medal
Fixed electronic gear; Taught boot camp in Orlando
"Was the first woman with her ranking; first female anti-submarine warfare technician. Was in school in Memphis. Husband also served from 1953-1985 (was in Vietnam, knew someone on the Challenger; passed away); shared some of his experiences too. Son works on mechanical engineering." - The interviewer. Won Vietnam Era awards..
City of Birth
Country of Birth
Location of Interview
Boyle, Colleen; Vietnam War, 1961-1975 -- Personal Narratives; Women and the military -- United States; United States. Navy
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, "Boyle, Colleen interview" (2016). Veterans Oral Histories. 429.