Oral history interview of Robert Barfield. Interview conducted by Alex Thorp at the veteran’s home in Orlando, FL.
0:31 Birth and Early Life; 2:50 GED in Korea; 4:27 Reform School; 31:54 Decision to join the military; 38:22 Family Reaction to joining the military; 38:57 Basic training/Infantry training/Jump School; 39:58 First experiences in Korea; 43:27 Training in Korea; 45:23 Experiences in bunker; 46:54 Being wounded; 53:39 First Court Martial; 56:45 Rejoining Airborne; 59:05 Return to Front Lines; 59:23 Battle "Boomerang Hill"; 68:32 Battle Aftermath; 73:54 Rejoining 187 Airborne; 80:51 Sent to rear; 82:24 Going home; 87:16 Leaving the service/Joining the Navy; 89:05 Leaving the navy; 90:14 Impact of service; 91:33 Veterans Groups; 92:03 Advice for those joining the military; 93:05 Additional Remarks with photographs.
Date of Birth
Place of Birth
White - Non Hispanic
War or Conflict
Begin/End date of Service - 1st
Entrance into Service
Branch of Service
Unit of Service
5th RCT; 3rd Infantry Div.; 187th Airborne; 82nd Airborne
Location of Service
Korea; United States
Sergeant First Class; SFC
Prisoner of War
Service Related Injury
Battle for Boomerang
Silver Star Medal; Bronze Star with V Device; Purple Heart; United Nations Service Medal for Korea; National Defense Medal; Good Conduct Medal; Combat Infantryman Badge; Parachutist Badge; Expert Marksman Badge
"Was a squad leader at 18 years of age on the front lines of Korea. Discovered in 1998 that I was recommended for the Medal of Honor for my actions during a major battle for a position called the Boomerang on Flag Day; 6/14/53, was still 18 at the time. Have a website that explains; robertbarfield.com. Website says Robert Barfield recommended for Medal of Honor." - The Veteran.
"Discovered 45 years after the fact that I was recommended for the nations' highest award for combat, the Medal of Honor." - The Veteran.
City of Birth
Country of Birth
Location of Interview
Veteran’s home in Orlando, FL.
Barfield, Robert C.; Korean War, 1950-1953 -- Personal Narratives; United States. Army
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, "Barfield, Robert C. interview" (2016). Veterans Oral Histories. 430.