Oral history interview of Paul H. Friedman. Interview conducted by Ettore M Lanza at Coral Springs, Florida.
00:00 Intro; 1:00 Where/when he was born; 2:10 Parents/relatives/friends in military?; 5:35 Reason he joined Navy/boot camp; 8:15 USS Forrestal; 8:45 Ship details; 9:55 Destinations; 11:45 His onboard occupation; 13:15 Fire begin; 17:35 Shrap metal in his foot; 21:10 Fire subside; 22:35 Trip back home; 25:20 Reflections/book; 27:00 Outro
Date of Birth
Place of Birth
Rockway Beach (N.Y.)
White - Non Hispanic
War or Conflict
Begin/End date of Service - 1st
Entrance into Service
Branch of Service
Unit of Service
Ship-USS Forrestal G Division, West Pac 1967
Location of Service
Petty Officer 3rd Class; PO3
Prisoner of War
Service Related Injury
Gulf of Tonkin
National Defense Service Medal; Vietnam Service Medal
Injured survivor of USS Forrestal- 134 shipmates killed
City of Birth
Country of Birth
Lanza, Ettore M.
Location of Interview
Coral Springs, Florida.
Friedman, Paul H.; United States. Navy; USS Forrestal
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
Lanza, Ettore M.
Length of Interview
Department of History, University of Central Florida
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University of Central Florida Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives
UCF Community Veterans History Project
Central Florida, RICHES of, "Friedman, Paul H. interview" (2011). Veterans Oral Histories. 43.