Oral History interview of Dave Freeman. Interview conducted by Dossie, Porsha at Cocoa Beach, FL.
0:33 Place of birth; 0:43 Childhood in Miami, Florida; 0:54 Family; 1:17 Family's military service; 1:39 Why he enlisted in the navy; 1:57 Getting kicked out of boot camp; 2:15 Education prior to the military; 2:25 When he enlisted; 2:34 Vietnam's effect on his service; 3:38 A typical day in boot camp; 4:18 First impression of Cape Canaveral; 5:28 How the country has changed; 6:45 When were you assigned to Observation Island; 7:08 San Diego in the 1960s; 7:30 First impression of the ship; 8:06 Job onboard the ship; 8:45 JFK's visit to the ship; 9:49 Typical day on the ship; 14:05 Communicating with loved ones; 14:18 Married life; 14:32 How he met his wife; 14:50 Impact of military training on his life; 15:57 Scarcity of young people joining the service today; 17:02 Draft dodgers; 17:33 Humorous events on the ship; 18:10 Significance of the Polaris missile; 19:34 Discharge from the military; 20:30 What he did after his service; 21:35 Beginning a family; 22:09 Places he visited while in the service; 23:20 Retrieving missile parts; 25:00 USS Observation Island reunions; 26:18 Looking back on his military experience.
Date of Birth
Place of Birth
Dade County (Fla.)
White - Non Hispanic
War or Conflict
Begin/End date of Service - 1st
Entrance into Service
Branch of Service
Location of Service
Cape Canaveral (Fla.)
Electronics Technician (Radar) Petty Officer 3rd Class; ETR3
Prisoner of War
Service Related Injury
Although trained in Radar repair I spent the entire remainder of my service working on and operating a closed-circuit, remote controlled television system. I was aboard during President Kennedy's visit.
City of Birth
Country of Birth
Location of Interview
Cocoa Beach, FL.
Freeman, Dave; Vietnam War, 1961-1975 -- Personal Narratives; 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, "Freeman, Dave interview" (2016). Veterans Oral Histories. 450.