Streaming Media


Oral history interview of Mr. Joseph Delgado. Interview conducted by Adam Rock at the University of Central Florida in Orlando, Florida on 05/03/2018.


0:01 Introduction; 0:30 Childhood and family; 1:05 Parent's occupation; 1:33 Education and athleticism; 2:55 Family in the military; 3:33 Employment and time before the military; 4:20 Reaction to being drafted; 5:13 Family's reaction to him being drafted; 6:06 MOS and military education; 7:15 Basic Training and racial prejudice; 8:40 Relationship with Sgt. Norton and other servicemen; 11:13 Time in Fort Leavenworth/ Fort Leonard Wood; 12:50 First impression of Vietnam; 14:20 Interacting with locals; 15:45 Communicating home; 17:50 Death and dying/ trauma; 19:45 Average day in Vietnam; 20:05 Incident in Vietnam bunker/ Combat; 24:45 Reaction to death rates and situations in Vietnam; 27:20 R&R and being AWOL; 30:00 Most memorable experience; 32:40 Being back from the military/ PTSD; 33:50 Copping with drugs and alcohol/ Cultural fights; 36:50 Awards and commendations; 37:50 Differences between locations; Cambodia and Vietnam; 40:50 Deploying from a helicopter; 42:40 Length of stay in Vietnam and coming home; 43:49 Coming back to the U.S. and trying to forget time in Vietnam/ Starting a Fa; 48:10 Getting back in touch with his family after the military and adjusting; 52:50 Reporting back to his job and getting an education through his job; 57:45 Trying to go back into military and deciding not to; 58:20 Feelings on American involvement in Vietnam War; 1:01:35 Feelings on the end of the draft; 1:02:15 Receiving awards from NYC Mayor and NY Governor; 1:03:50 Visiting the Vietnam Memorial in Washington D.C.; 1:06:30 Men who choose to or not to deal with the war; 1:08:00 Closeness to Veterans/ Familial bond; 1:09:50 Remaining in contact with veterans; 1:10:45 Conclusion.

Date of Birth


Place of Birth

New York (N.Y.)




White - Hispanic

Home State

New York

War or Conflict

Vietnam Era



Begin/End date of Service - 1st

September 1968

September 1969

Entrance into Service


Branch of Service

U.S. Navy

Unit of Service

Enterprise - CV 6

Location of Service

Pacific Ocean; Atlantic Ocean

Highest Rank

Machinist's Mate 2nd Class Petty Officer; MM2

Prisoner of War


Service Related Injury





Navy Presidential Unit Citation Ribbon


Plane Caption- One Particular plane.


The veteran was in New York Navy Day and Navy Pier, Chicago.

City of Birth


Country of Birth



Rock, Adam

Interview Date

Spring 3-22-2018

Location of Interview

Masonic Home of Florida, St. Petersburg, FL


Delgado, Joseph; 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.

Contributor Affiliation / Organization

RICHES University of Central Florida

Length of Interview



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