Oral history interview of Jose Colon. Interview conducted by Sebastian Munoz at the veteran’s home in Casselberry, Florida on July 19, 2017.
0:01 Introduction; 0:33 Prior to the Korean War; 1:26 Operation "PORTREX"; 1:57 Length of Recruitment; 2:05 Start of Recruiting for Korean War; 3:08 Deployment to Korea; 4:50 Discussion of Infantry Regiments; 5:57 Time Spent with 65th Regiment; 6:18 Job with 65th Regiment and Average day; 6:02 Administrative Officers; 9:10 Entertainment and Schedule; 10:49 Integration; 15:18 Court-martialing of Soldiers; 17:07 Pardoning of Soldiers; 18:01 Primary Language of Regiment; 19:26 New Commanding Officer; 20:25 Supply Problems; 23:33 Living Quarters; 25:23 Moving Locations and Terrain Issues; 28:10 Problems Caused by Rats and Snakes; 29:30 Commanding Officer and Puerto Ricans; 31:29 Reasons for Lack of Rice and Beans; 34:43 Turkish Battalion; 35:30 Jackson Heights and Kelly Hill; 37:49 Commanding Officer Learns Spanish; 39:19 Relations between Officers and Subordinates; 40:10 Memorable Moments; 42:58 Life after Korean War; 45:17 Duration of New Assignment; 45:45 Jamaica and Assignment to the Vault; 46:54 Congress Creates New Ranks; 47:27 France and Promotion; 47:59 Retirement and Finding a Job; 48:31 Working for Insurance Company; 48:57 Coming to America; 49:18 Start of Life in America; 50:53 Volunteering; 51:36 Invited to Washington Convention; 52:10 Committee for Gold Medal; 53:58 Speaking at Navy Station; 56:07 Congressional Gold Medal; 1:00:30 Regrets; 1:03:16 Wife and Children; 1:05:33 Photographs and Documents; 1:11:00 Family Members in the Military; 1:12:26 Congressional Gold Medal Ceremony National Committee Pin; 1:13:10 Photographs and Documents Continued; :16:21 Medical Company; 1:17:00 Poverty, Farming, and Life in Korea; 1:21:00 Things Not Talked About; 01:23:01 Final Comments.
Date of Birth
Place of Birth
White - Hispanic
War or Conflict
Begin/End date of Service - 1st
Entrance into Service
Branch of Service
Unit of Service
65th Infantry Regiment
Location of Service
Puerto Rico; Korea; U.S.
Master Sergeant; MSgt
Prisoner of War
Service Related Injury
Bronze Star Medal
Please see video
Includes the veteran's notes, scanned copies of a photo, a certificate and two news reports.
City of Birth
Country of Birth
Location of Interview
Colon, Jose E.; Korean War, 1950-1953 -- Personal Narratives; United States. Army
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
Department of History, University of Central Florida
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Central Florida, RICHES, "Colon, Jose E. interview Part 2" (2017). Veterans Oral Histories. 551.