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Oral history interview of Mr. James Hughes. Interview conducted by Walter Napier at the VA Medical Center (Lake Nona) in Orlando, Florida on 03/22/2018. Interview topics include, Introduction; Early childhood and education; Life before the Marine Corps; Enlisting in the Marine Corps; Boot camp; Special training/ ITR; Being sent to Vietnam and first impressions; Job in Vietnam; Average day in Vietnam; Experiencing race riots with the military; Down time in Vietnam; Getting attacked by rockets and shrapnel; Tet offensive and Napalm; Convoys; Coming home and Agent Orange; Patrolling in the mountains/ Missiles; Total time in Vietnam; R&R/ Leave; Time in Paris Island; Deciding to retire from the Marine Corps; Bein an NCO; Feelings on the Vietnam War; What it means to be a Marines for him; Most memorable moment in the service. Advice to anyone considering entering the Marine Corps; Coming home/ Reception; Returning to civilian life; Profession after the Marines; After-effects of the war; Losing friends due to the war (suicides, drinking, PTSD; Advice to those entering the service; Other health issues attributed to time in service; Closing remarks.

Date of Birth




Interview Date

Spring 3-22-2018

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

29 Minutes


Department of History, University of Central Florida


video / mp4 DVD


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