Oral history interview of Jose F. Rodriquez. Interview conducted by Ricardo A. Guzman at University of Central Florida, Orlando, Florida.
00:12 Introduction; 1:15 Growing up, background; 1:59 Schooling; 3:50 Relatives in the military; 4:35 Enlisting decision at 17 years old; 8:17 Selecting the Marines over the Army; 11:07 Basic training experience: physical and mental; 18:55 Selecting East Asia over the States; 23:03 1st Assignment, returning home and the "DCT 9000;" 29:12 Defining the communications field; 34:10 Riffle [Rifle] shooting years; 40:16 Atypical day of duty: PT, maintenance and paperwork - also, stories about "rabbits" and their running techniques during PT; 46:35 Post-service life and the "DCT 9000"; 57:04 Alternative career paths and the three most important rules at home while growing up; 1:05:24 Photograph reflections; 1:08:43 Final thought on family name; 1:09:45 End of interview
Date of Birth
Place of Birth
White - Hispanic
War or Conflict
Cold War Era
Begin/End date of Service - 1st
Entrance into Service
Branch of Service
Unit of Service
3rd Force Service Support Group and 9th Communications Battalion (1 MAF, 1 Marine Division)
Location of Service
Japan; Philippines; Korea; San Diego
Prisoner of War
Service Related Injury
Good Conduct Medal; Overseas Service Ribbon; Merit Certification; Merit Certification
Country of Birth
Guzman, Ricardo A.
Location of Interview
University of Central Florida, Orlando, Florida.
Rodriquez, Jose F.; Cold War -- Personal Narratives; Military families; Marines; Basic Training; East Asia; Communications; Post-service life; United States. Marines
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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University of Central Florida Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives
UCF Community Veterans History Project
Central Florida, RICHES of, "Rodriquez, Jose F. interview" (2011). Veterans Oral Histories. 46.