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Oral History interview of john cheek. Interview conducted by Heumann, Caroline at Veteran's Residence.


0:22 Birthplace; 0:30 Childhood, father's military career; 2:18 Education; 3:02 Other family in the military; 4:00 Influence to join the army; 4:55 Joining ROTC; 5:24 Family's reaction to his enlistment; 5:54 Going through ROTC; 6:15 Ranger School; 7:20 Basic Training; 7:54 Stationed in Germany; 9:22 Arriving in Germany; 10:38 Prior exposure to German language/culture; 11:25 Being hit by a train and MedEvac back to U.S.; 12:55 Reassigned to Infantry Board; 14:10 Transferred to Chemical Corps because of injury; 15:20 Move to Denver with Chemical Corps; 16:02 Chemical Training and role of the Chemical Corps; 17:10 Changes in Chemical Corps because of Vietnam; 19:22 Typical Day in the Army, training the National Guard; 20:35 Days when things don't go according to plan; 21:05 Work with readiness group; 23:10 Surprise Inspections; 23:28 Fellow Servicemen; 24:02 Pranks; 25:35 Work with other branches; 26:25 Staying in contact with family; 27:15 Staying in contact with people he served with; 28:28 Moving around a lot with the military; 29:07 Experience in Germany and Korea as a child; 30:05 Entertainment and traveling (Mardi Gras, Athens, New Zealand); 33:32 Leave; 33:57 Retiring; 34:31 Last day of service; 35:02 Readjusting to civilian life; 35:10 Job in Florida; 35:39 Home brewing and opening a brewery; 37:57 Highest rank and medals; 39:34 End of Interview.

Date of Birth


Place of Birth

Fort Leavenworth (Kan.)




White - Non Hispanic

Home State


War or Conflict

Cold War Era



Begin/End date of Service - 1st



Entrance into Service


Branch of Service

U.S. Army

Unit of Service

Infantry officer basic, ranger school, 1/87 Germany, Fort Benning hospital patient, 36th engineer group, xo and asst s-1 hq cmd Fort Benning, infantry test and evaluation board, research and development chemical school, chemical officer advanced course. Training and doctrine command chemical school, readiness group Denver chemical branch assistance team chief, temporarily retired disabled list.

Location of Service

Fort Benning (Ga.); Baumholder (Germany); Fort McClellen (Ala.); Aurora (Colo.); Orlando (Fla.)

Highest Rank

Captain; CPT

Prisoner of War


Service Related Injury



Army Commendation Medal; Overseas Duty Ribbon; Army Achievement Medal; Meritorious Service Medal; Army Service Ribbon


Please see video.


Service related injuries include broken femur, lupus, and other illnesses.

Country of Birth

United States


Heumann, Caroline

Interview Date

Fall 4-25-2017

Location of Interview

Orlando, Florida


Cheek, John; Cold War -- 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


Heumann, Caroline

Length of Interview

40 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