Oral History interview of Patrick Brown. Interview conducted by Thorpe, Alex at UCF.
0:21 Birthplace; 0:32 Childhood In Chicago; 1:41 Education; 1:57 Family Service; 2:43 Reaction to Being Drafted; 3:05 National Mood Concerning the War; 4:50 Being Drafted; 7:00 Basic Training Experiences; 13:00 AIT Preventive Medicine; 14:41 On-the-Job Training; 16:04 Vietnam Timeline; 16:45 Oakland Army Base, Traveling to Vietnam; 21:32 Saigon, 218th Dispensary Clinic; 23:51 Mess Hall Inspections; 25:11 Venereal Diseases; 27:36 Treatment of Various Diseases; 28:12 Side Note About Michigan Sickness; 29:08 Initial Impressions of Vietnam; 31:21 Vietnamese People; 32:22 Mail Correspondence, Care Packages; 34:34 Tu Do Street Bar Bombing; 37:59 Recreation, Single Life; 39:28 Side Note About Flight From Anchorage; 40:40 Army Drug Problems; 41:39 Communicating with Vietnamese; 44:18 Being Away From Home, Comradery; 45:41 Hawaii R&R; 46:37 Soldier of the Month; 49:56 Stars and Stripes, Armed Forces Radio; 51:10 Side Note About Being Squad Leader; 53:12 Final Impressions of Vietnam; 57:13 Work With Other Branches; 58:54 Leaving From Vietnam, Army Pay; 1:01:31 Readjusting to Civilian Life; 01:04:41 Government Position, Graduate School, IBM; 1:06:12 Marriage, Impact of Vietnam, Importance of Draft; 01:11:21 Looking Back, Almost Extending Service In Vietnam; 01:13:46 Hard to Keep In Contact; 01:15:48 American Legion, Volunteer Projects; 01:18:36 End of Interview.
Date of Birth
Place of Birth
War or Conflict
Begin/End date of Service - 1st
Entrance into Service
Branch of Service
Unit of Service
218th Dispensary; 3rd Field Hospital; Saigon; RVN
Location of Service
Fort Knox (Ky.); Fort Sam Houston (Tex.); Fort Leonard Wood (Mo.); Saigon (Vietnam)
E-5; Sergeant; SGT
Prisoner of War
Service Related Injury
Soldier of the Month April 1972. Made E-5 in 16 months.
"Military was a terrific experience. Everyone should get the opportunity to serve." - The Veteran.
City of Birth
Country of Birth
Location of Interview
Brown, Patrick G.; Vietnam War, 1961-1975 -- 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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UCF Community Veterans History Project
Central Florida, RICHES, "Brown, Patrick G. interview" (2016). Veterans Oral Histories. 486.