Streaming Media

Log

0:00 Introduction; 0:41 Early life and birth date; 2:24 Mention of father working with Eisenhower; 4:00 Growing up; 6:03 Reason for enlisting in the military; 7:02 First Army detachment; 8:28 Reenlistment for optical school Training; 9:00 First deployment to Vietnam; 9:52 Basic Training; 14:28 First Vietnam memory; 19:15 Description of job in Vietnam; 21:34 Daily life in Vietnam; 23:32 Description of the Sniper; 25:23 Incident with a friend; 27:14 Reason for deployment to Germany; 29:08 Deployment to Germany; 30:50 Reason for Bad times in Frankfurt; 32:15 Second Tour of Vietnam; 34:30 Best memories from both Tours of Vietnam; 38:14 Leaving the military and beginning of civilian life; 46:15 Injury suffered; 48:18 End of interview.

Date of Birth

1947-07-31

Place of Birth

Bremerhaven (Germany)

Gender

Male

Race

White - Non Hispanic

Home State

NA

War or Conflict

Vietnam Era

Status

Veteran

Begin/End date of Service - 1st

November 1967

April 1971

Entrance into Service

Enlisted

Branch of Service

U.S. Army

Unit of Service

25th Medical BTN, 25th Infantry Division

Location of Service

CuChi (Vietnam); Frankfurt (Germany); Denver (Colo.)

Highest Rank

Specialist

Prisoner of War

No

Service Related Injury

Yes

Battles

Unknown

Medals

Unknown

Achievements

Served as Air Crew Gunner.

Note

"The veteran was adopted." -- The interviewer.

City of Birth

Bremerhaven

Country of Birth

DE

Interviewer

Mercado, Carlos

Interview Date

Fall 10-19-2017

Location of Interview

Colbourn Hall, University of Central Florida

Subjects

Wilkes, James; Vietnam War, 1961-1975 -- 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

Contributors

Mercado, Carlos

Length of Interview

49 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


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