Streaming Media

Description

Oral History interview of David Kopf. Interview conducted by Kelly, Karen at Veteran's Residence.

Log

0:01 Start of Interview; 0:32 Birthplace; 0:50 Childhood in Boston, parents' occupation; 1:35 Life before army (college and deferment); 2:39 Family members in the military; 3:30 Family's reaction to him in the army; 3:50 Influence of religious background; 4:15 Thoughts on the draft; 4:40 Opinion of Korean War before being drafted; 5:25 Feelings before/during Basic Training, benefits of having a college degree; 6:35 Assumptions about the army before training, thoughts on class differences; 7:45 Basic Training and the Ordnance Corps; 8:40 Basic Training: learning to shoot and throw grenades; 9:20 Starting basic training a week before the armistice signing; 10:25 Thoughts on the difference between a draftee and a volunteer army; 11:15 Further training: nuclear weapons/electronics; 12:00 Hearing the stories of North Korean POWs; 12:40 Not getting "Q" clearance for nuclear training; 13:20 Job as company clerk; 14:18 Thoughts on moving a lot for the army; 15:00 Moving from East Coast to Texas; 15:20 Time at Red River Arsenal in Texas, promotion; 17:00 Free time; 17:25 Responsibilities of Ordnance Corps; 18:45 Leaving the army, transition to civilian life: grad school on the GI bill; 19:30 How the army effected his life; 20:10 After grad school: teaching in Scotland, work as economist in NY; 21:50 Changes in army during his life: Integration; 23:15 Changes in how civilians view the military.

Date of Birth

1932-03-18

Place of Birth

Salem (Mass.)

Gender

Male

Home State

Massachusetts

War or Conflict

Korean Conflict

Status

Veteran

Begin/End date of Service - 1st

1953-07-08

1955-06-02

Entrance into Service

Drafted

Branch of Service

U.S. Army

Unit of Service

Ordnance Corps

Location of Service

Texarkana (Tex.); Aberdeen (Fla.); New Jersey; Sandia bay (N.M.)

Highest Rank

Corporal: CPL

Prisoner of War

No

Service Related Injury

No

Medals

National Defense Service Medal

Achievements

Please see video.

City of Birth

Salem

Country of Birth

United States

Interviewer

Kelly, Karen

Interview Date

Fall 11-8-2016

Location of Interview

Orlando, Florida

Subjects

Kopf, David H.; Korean War, 1950-1953 -- 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.

Contributor Affiliation / Organization

RICHES University of Central Florida

Length of Interview

27 Minutes

Publisher

Department of History, University of Central Florida

Type

video / mp4 DVD

Rights

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. http://library.ucf.edu/about/departments/special-collections-university-archives/

Repository

University of Central Florida Libraries, Special Collections & University Archives

Contributing Project

UCF Community Veterans History Project

Document Type

Interview

Semester

Fall


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