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Description

Oral history interview of Richard Sommerfeld. Interview conducted by Karen Kelly at the University of Central Florida in Orlando, Florida on March 21, 2017.

Log

0:01 Introduction; 0:27 Birth Place; 0:37 Parents Occupation; 0:50 Family and Education; 1:45 Reason for Enlistment and Enlistment Process; 3:28 Sent to Great Lakes for Boot Camp; 4:00 No Expectations for Navy but Wanted Education; 4:58 Parents Felt Proud About Enlistment; 5:37 Boot Camp Not What He Expected; 6:30 Average Day at Boot Camp, Training; 7:34 Adaptation to Life in Boot Camp; 08:15 Differences Between Recruits from Different States Was Educational; 10:58 Free Time, Going to Visit Family in Milwaukee; 11:50 Further Training After Boot Camp: Defense Language Institute, Other; 13:42 How He Ended Up Working For the NSA; 14:08 Worked on Submarine Off Coast of Russia, TIME Article About It; 15:08 Advanced Submarine Tech Meant They Never Got Caught; 15:35 Also Worked on Destroyer Following Russian Ship From Cuba; 16:38 How He Felt Working in Security; 17:52 Process For Getting Security Clearance; 19:10 Everything 'Need to Know' Basis, Knew Capabilities of All Russian Ships; 21:12 Initial Impressions of NSA, Secrecy and Cutting Edge Tech; 23:05 Working for the NSA in the 60s and 70s, Focus on Russia; 24:28 Translated Russian Communications: Anti-Submarine Warfare; 25:25 Info On Russian Anti-Submarine Warfare Techniques; 26:44 Russian Language Classes, 9 Months of Total Immersion; 29:00 Being Mistaken for a Native Speaker; 29:48 Keeps up with Russian by taking classes at UCF; 31:45 Story About His Sub and British Sub Being Spotted by Russians; 34:40 Not a Part of Regular Crew, Listening to 4 Radio Channels At Once; 36:32 Thoughts on Cold War at the Time, "Us Against Them" Mentality; 38:08 Thoughts on NSA Now; 40:56 Changes in the NSA After He Left, Influence of Politics; 42:02 Fascination with Language Because of His Career; 43:13 Why He Decided to Leave the Navy, Didn't "Get Along" with Military; 45:50 Transition Back to Civilian Life, His Experience Vs Others; 47:57 Life After Navy: Managed a Bar, Contractor, Felt Direction-less; 49:00 Move to Central Florida; 49:53 Taking Russian and Portuguese Classes; 50:28 Past Security Work Restricted Travel; 52:28 Using Language Skills in Civilian Life; 54:48 END OF INTERVIEW.

Date of Birth

1947-04-30

Place of Birth

Milwaukee (Wis.)

Gender

Male

Race

Unknown

Home State

Wisconsin

War or Conflict

Vietnam Era

Status

Veteran

Begin/End date of Service - 1st

February 1964

February 1971

Entrance into Service

Enlisted

Branch of Service

U.S. Navy

Unit of Service

Naval Security Group

Location of Service

Fort Meade (Fla.)

Highest Rank

E-5

Prisoner of War

No

Service Related Injury

No

Battles

Not applicable

Medals

Unknown

Achievements

Was a Russian Language Military Interpreter.

Note

Not applicable

City of Birth

Milwaukee

Country of Birth

United States

Interviewer

Kelly, Karen

Interview Date

3-21-2017

Location of Interview

University of Central Florida (Orlando, Fla.)

Subjects

Sommerfeld, Richard; Vietnam War, 1961-1975 -- 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.

Transcript

Available

Contributor Affiliation / Organization

RICHES; University of Central Florida

Contributors

Kelly, Karen

Length of Interview

55 Minutes

Publisher

Department of History, University of Central Florida

Type

Video; MovingImage

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

Spring

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