Streaming Media


Oral History interview of Mikel Shue. Interview conducted by Walczak, Matthew at Orlando, FL.


0:01 Introduction; 1:06 Mrs. Shue’s Upbringing; 1:25 Mr. Shue’s Upbringing; 3:01 Family in Military; 3:55 Enlistment; 5:11 Recruit Training Center, Orlando; 6:34 Training Expectations; 8:28 First Impressions of Boot Camp; 10:02 Haircuts; 11:44 Uniforms; 12:40 Medical Examinations; 14:34 Describing Barracks; 15:40 Daily Routine in Boot Camp (Mr. Shue); 17:34 Women’s Training; 18:47 Daily Routine in Boot Camp (Mrs. Shue); 20:00 Mr. Shue describing his company commanders; 20:52 Mrs. Shue describing her company commanders; 21:48 Mrs. Shue describes inspections; 23:14 Mr. Shue describes inspections; 24:59 Mr. Shue talks about the Grinder; 26:16 Mrs. Shue talks about the Grinder; 27:28 Mrs. Shue talks about free time at boot camp; 28:19 Mr. Shue talks about free time at boot camp; 29:09 Mr. Shue remembers memorable moments at boot camp; 30:05 Mrs. Shue remembers memorable moments at boot camp; 30:59 Mrs. Shue talks about graduation; 31:37 Mr. Shue talks about graduation; 32:41 Mr. Shue talks about advanced training; 33:53 Mrs. Shue talks about advanced training; 34:43 Mrs. Shue talks about memorable assignments in the Navy; 35:33 Mr. Shue talks about memorable assignments in the Navy; 36:50 Conclusion.

Date of Birth


Place of Birth

Salisbury (N.C.)




White - Non Hispanic

Home State

North Carolina

War or Conflict

Cold War Era



Begin/End date of Service - 1st



Entrance into Service


Branch of Service

U.S. Navy

Unit of Service

USS Pharris (FF-1094); USS Constellation (CV-64)

Location of Service

Norfolk (Va.); San Diego (Calif.); Bremerton (Wash.)

Highest Rank

E-4; Petty Officer 3rd Class; PO3

Prisoner of War


Service Related Injury



Sea Service Ribbon; Battle E; Navy-Marine Corps Expeditionary Medal


Order of the Ditch (Panama & Suez Canals); Shellback; UNITAS XXI 1980; WATC '80; Persian Gulf Deployment 1981.


Awarded Sea Service Ribbon twice. Awarded Navy-Marine Corps Expeditionary Medal in the Iranian Crisis.

City of Birth


Country of Birth

United States


Walczak, Matthew

Interview Date

Fall 10-13-2016

Location of Interview

Orlando, Florida


Shue, Mikel W.; Cold War -- Personal Narratives; United States. Navy

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.

Contributor Affiliation / Organization

RICHES University of Central Florida


Walczak, Matthew

Length of Interview

37 Minutes


Department of History, University of Central Florida


Video; MovingImage


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 & University Archives

Contributing Project

UCF Community Veterans History Project

Document Type