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Oral history interview of Earl Lewis Denton. Interview conducted by Edmund Kallina at the SAIC in UCF Research Park. Interview topics include family, basic training, why the transition from Air Force to the Army, OCS, travel to Korea, rank of assignment in Korea, Pork Chop Hill, horrendous attack & lost Pork Chop Hill, retook it & lost it again & retook it, moved out and up to DMZ after war, adjusting after the war, part of UN division, Ethiopian battalion, back to Fort Devons after Korea, became general’s aide, became Company commander, volunteered for Vietnam, worked in model simulation & training, relation to S. Vietnamese soldiers, civilians, officials, morale in Vietnam, Company combat experience between Korea and Vietnam, General Marshall, returned home, and how the military affected his life.


0:51 Family; 2:05 Basic training; 5:17 Why the transition from Air Force to the Army; 7:52 OCS; 11:23 Travel to Korea; 13:40 Rank of assignment in Korea; 15:30 Pork Chop Hill; 18:20 Horrendous attack & lost Pork Chop Hill; 20:00 Retook it & lost it again & retook it; 23:39 Moved out and up to DMZ after war; 25:50 Adjusting after the war; 26:50 Part of UN division; 27:10 Ethiopian battalion; 29:16 Back to Fort Devons after Korea; 30:00 Becamegeneral’s aide; 30:30 Became Company commander; 35:51 Volunteered for Vietnam; 38:30 Worked in model simulation & training; 40:45 Relation to S. Vietnamese soldiers, civilians, officials; 44:50 Morale in Vietnam; 47:19Company combat experience between Korea and Vietnam; 50:27 General Marshall; 55:32 Returned home; 56:56 How military affected his life

Date of Birth


Place of Birth

Whittler (Calif.)




White - Non Hispanic

Home State


War or Conflict

Korean Conflict



Entrance into Service


Branch of Service

U.S. Army

Unit of Service

7th Infantry Division, 31st Infantry Regiment, 3rd Battalion Coil

Location of Service

United States, Europe, East Asia, Middle East

Highest Rank

Lieutenant Colonel LTC

Prisoner of War


Service Related Injury



Pork Chop Hill


Silver Star Medal, Purple Heart, Legion of Merit, Air Medal, Army Achievement Medal


BN CO, CO CO, Platoon Leader


Not applicable

Country of Birth

United States


Kallina, Edmund

Interview Date


Location of Interview

SAIC in UCF Research Park


Denton, Earl L., Korean Conflict -- Personal narratives, United States. Army

Collection Description

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.


Not applicable

Contributor Affiliation / Organization

RICHES; University of Central Florida


Not applicable

Length of Interview

60 minutes


Department of History, University of Central Florida


video / mp4 DVD


All rights are held by the respective holding institution. This material is posted publicly for non-profit educational uses, excluding printed publication. For permission to reproduce and/or for copyright information contact Special Collections and University Archives, University of Central Florida Libraries, (407) 823-2576.


University of Central Florida Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives

Contributing Project

UCF Community Veterans History Project

Document Type