Oral history interview with Jose Colon. Interview conducted by Andrew Ortiz in Casselberry, Florida on April 11, 2017.
0:32 Birthplace, growing up, siblings; 1:36 Parents occupation, childhood; 3:07 Family in the service, education before enlisting; 4:32 Reason for joining the military, families reaction to enlisting; 5:40 Basic training, training alone, experiences during training; 7:56 Moment that stood out in basic; 10:17 Graduation, going to school, first assignment, getting into an office; 13:43 Location of headquarters; 14:57 Next assignment and station; 16:52 Ranking in 1943, promotion, what a Sergeant Major does and what he did; 19:18 Time at Losey Field, Jamaica Base Command, Army Reserves recruiter; 24:58 Korean War begins and what he did in Puerto Rico, Court Martials of 65th; 29:05 Being present about mustache shaving scandal, conditions 65th went thru; 33:05 Colonel Cordero Davila and controversy; 36:19 Colonel Harris, pushing through Korea, book about 65th; 39:35 Famous bayonet charge of 65th, MacArthur's quote 65th; 40:50 65th helping Marines retreating from Chosin Reservoir; 42:16 65th being pushed to the limit by Colonel Davila, 65th conditions in Korea; 44:11 Court martials, higher ups released from command, attorney's opinion; 46:31 Eisenhower's son in 65th, promotion to Sergeant Major; 49:20 Integration with the 65th; 50:45 Signing of the armistice, headquarters destroyed by artillery shelling; 53:53 Ordered Korean to make a foxhole, headquarters in Kumhwa; 55:50 Borinqueneer engineer and his shower design; 58:01 Korean land, rats carrying the Hantavirus, ordering superior to M.A.S.H.; 1:02:25 Living conditions in Korea; 1:04:04 Picture he took that was refused publication; 1:05:57 Christmas treat and sitting ducks; 1:08:32 Time in Korea, returning to Puerto Rico after Korea; 1:11:45 Contemplating retiring, Lt. Colonel who helped him to avoid Vietnam; 1:15:40 Pause for break, staying in Puerto Rico with new assignment; 1:19:02 Helping a Sergeant get home and meeting his family years later; 1:22:16 Integration of the 65th in more detail; 1:25:20 Being in the 65th after integration, getting unwanted men; 1:29:12 Back to headquarters to officer's division, order he has saved; 1:30:55 Explaining MOS, orders that showed American culture at the time; 1:33:21 Orders proving Colonel Harris' book has false information; 1:35:04 Books that have been written about themselves and the 65th in general; 1:37:51 End of Interview.
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
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 1" (2017). Veterans Oral Histories. 552.