Oral History interview of Richard Wangenheim. Interview conducted by Campbell, Tyler at Mayflower Retirement Community.
0:00 Introduction; 0:35 Early Life/ Parents Occupation/ Living in New York City; 2:27 Catholic School Education; 3:42 College Education/ Undergraduate and Graduate; 4:09 Decision to join the Marine Corps/ Honorable Discharge due to age; 5:18 ROTC in College/ Personal Life during this time period; 7:21 Family Reaction to Enlisting/ Military Service; 8:32 Rank in the Army; 9:28 Assignment in the Army after Training; 10:38 Position while in Germany; 11:45 Remaining in Contact with family; 12:35 Purple Heart Award/ Anecdote; 14:05 Countries visited while on tour; 16:37 Decision to Retire/ Financial aspects of living in Northern Virginia; 18:16 Post- Military Employment; 19:10 Reflection on Career and Value to his life; 19:48 Employment as a teacher; 21:32 Conclusion.
Date of Birth
Place of Birth
New York (N.Y.)
White - Non Hispanic
War or Conflict
Cold War Era
Begin/End date of Service - 1st
Entrance into Service
Branch of Service
Unit of Service
41st Military Government Company
Location of Service
Prisoner of War
Service Related Injury
In charge of communicating with local governments and people.
"Enlisted in Marines at 16 and was found out and discharged. Later joined Army." - The Veteran.
City of Birth
Country of Birth
Location of Interview
Mayflower Retirement Community
Wangenheim, Richard; Cold War -- 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, "Wangenheim, Richard interview" (2016). Veterans Oral Histories. 473.