Oral History interview of Raneata Lemke. Interview conducted by Thorpe, Alex at UCF.
0:23 Birthplace; 0:34 Childhood; 1:10 Parents; 1:56 Moving; 2:37 Education; 3:27 Why Join the Coast Guard; 4:08 Family Reaction; 5:01 Boatman's Mate; 5:46 Electrician's Mate; 6:22 Non-Rate Assignment; 7:13 Basic Training; 11:28 Advanced Training; 14:59 California Patrols; 16:39 Electrician's Mate School; 19:01 Making Friends; 20:10 Divorce; 21:08 Coast Guard Sector Buffalo; 24:48 Temporary Assignment; 27:22 Work Aboard Ship; 29:13 Coast Guard Base Alameda; 32:01 Alaska, Promotion; 35:03 South America Patrol; 38:52 Southeast Asia Patrol; 41:23 Exploring; 45:35 Backtracking; 47:17 Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg; 49:18 Coast Guard Women; 52:04 St. Petersburg College; 52:48 Contract; 54:10 Leaving the Coast Guard; 59:38 Civilian Life; 1:01:39 Full-Time Student; 1:02:20 Plans for the Future; 1:03:32 Veterans Affairs; 1:04:18 Student Veterans of America; 1:04:57 Medals and Citations; 1:06:34 Southeast Asia Patrol (Continued); 1:08:39 Coast Guard Experience; 1:09:57 Closing Comments; 1:11:15 End of Interview.
Date of Birth
Place of Birth
Avon Park (Fla.)
White - Non Hispanic
War or Conflict
Operation Enduring Freedom, Afghanistan
Begin/End date of Service - 1st
Entrance into Service
Branch of Service
U.S. Coast Guard
Unit of Service
Oxnard, California. USCGC Blacktip. Buffalo, NY. Sector Buffalo. Alameda, CA. USCGC Morgenthau. St. Petersburg, FL. MAT St. Petersburg.
Location of Service
Oxnard (Calif.); Buffalo (N.Y.); Alameda (Calif.); St. Petersburg (Fla.)
Prisoner of War
Service Related Injury
Letter of Commendation; Meritorious Team Commendation
"CARAT a patrol to south east Asia. ALPAC Alaska Barring sea. SOUTHPAC South America Patrol. There was a lot of highlights. I went to LA and San Diego a lot. There were a couple drug busts. I went through the Panama Canal. I saw Niagara falls while I was stationed in Buffalo. Nothing very exciting happened while I was in Florida, so I attended SPC a lot in my free time." – The Veteran.
"I was an electrician's mate and I worked with a lot of men. My favorite and worst times was being on the Morgenthau and being miserable with the friends I made. I went in the military directly after high school bc i didn't want to go to college yet. The Coast Guard taught me how to be an adult because I would of definitely not learned it in Titusville FL. Now I am back at UCF doing it better than I would of 10 years ago. I think I had 13 or so Accommodation letters."- The Veteran. Won team
City of Birth
Country of Birth
Location of Interview
Lemke, Raneata; Afghanistan and Iraq Wars, 2001-present -- Personal Narratives; Women and the military -- United States; United States. Coast Guard
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, "Lemke, Raneata interview" (2016). Veterans Oral Histories. 495.