Oral History interview of Thomas Bruchez. Interview conducted by Campbell, Tyler at ManorCare Retirement Community.
0:00 Introduction; 0:22 Early Life; 0:38 Father's Military Career; 1:32 Siblings; 1:45 Education; 2:18 Decision to join the Navy; 4:40 University of Auburn Education/ College Education; 5:27 Induction into the Navy/ First Days in service; 6:28 Duties on the Ship/ Life on the ship; 9:00 Duties in Guantanamo Bay/ Officers on the Ship; 11:14 Recreation on the ship; 12:31 Interaction with locals; 14:02 Remaining in Contact with family members; 15:02 Decision to Leave the Navy/ End of Service with USS Cromwell; 15:55 Post- Military Career/ Education/ Difficulty of attending a Southern University as a Northern; 17:32 Various careers; 18:10 Maintaining Contact with other sailors; 18:17 Reflection on Service in the Navy; 18:45 Father's military service; 20:01 Conclusion.
Date of Birth
Place of Birth
War or Conflict
Cold War Era
Begin/End date of Service - 1st
Entrance into Service
Branch of Service
Unit of Service
USS Cromwell DE1014
Location of Service
Boatswain's Mate Seaman BMSN
Prisoner of War
Service Related Injury
See video for details.
"AT Guantanamo Bay Naval Base when talking ugly to Castro, went to sea to take pictures of Russian fishing boats, they took pictures of us." - The Veteran.
City of Birth
Country of Birth
Location of Interview
ManorCare Retirement Community.
Bruchez, Thomas Cold War -- 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, "Bruchez, Thomas interview" (2016). Veterans Oral Histories. 468.