Streaming Media


Oral history interview of Mr. Charles S. Haithcock, Jr. Interview conducted by Sharon Rodriguez at the Masonic Home of Florida in St. Petersburg, Florida on 03/22/2018.


0:01 Introduction; 0:42 Early childhood and education; 2:45 Being sent off by his friends; 3:12 Choosing the Navy; 4:18 Boot camp; 5:00 Additional training/ Medic training; 5:55 First duty after training; 6:30 U.S. Naval Hospital School; 9:50 Being sent to Korea; 11:40 Feelings on Korean War; 12:55 Delivering a baby for a Korean woman; 13:45 Communicating back home; 14:20 Being afforded leave; 15:00 Experiencing combat/ Being shelled; 17:05 Experiencing the death of a young Marine; 19:04 Being attacked by a North Korean; 21:10 Next Assignment: Camp Lejeune; 22:45 Average day at Camp Lejeune; 25:00 Working at a Naval Hospital; 26:00 Feelings on the end of the war; 26:50 Brutality of North Koreans; 27:30 Relationship with South Koreans; 28:15 Most memorable part of his service/ being cared for; 29:15 Inauguration parade: Eisenhower; 31:20 Meeting president Franklin D. Roosevelt as a child; 35:20 Deciding to leave the Navy; 37:00 Community reception and welcome back; 38:40 Transition into civilian life; 39:08 Life after the Navy; 40:15 Applying military training to life; 42:55 Awards and commendations; 43:40 Feeling on the service; 45:42 Closing remarks.

Date of Birth


Place of Birth

Raleigh (N.C.)




White - Non Hispanic

Home State

North Carolina

War or Conflict

Korean War



Begin/End date of Service - 1st

June 1952

November 1954

Entrance into Service


Branch of Service

U.S. Army

Unit of Service

1st CAV

Location of Service

Georgia; Fort Leavenworth (Kan.); Vietnam, Northern; Vietnam, Southern; Cambodia

Highest Rank

Specialist; SPC

Prisoner of War


Service Related Injury



Cambodian Campaign


Bronze Star; Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross


Combat Engineer; Demolition


The veteran was in in 4 Battles, including Cambodia. Was awarded 4 Bronze Stars. Also received awards from NY Governor and NYC Mayor.

City of Birth

New York

Country of Birth



Rock, Adam

Interview Date

Spring 5-3-2018

Location of Interview

University of Central Florida


Haithcock Jr., Charles S.; Korean War, 1950-1953 -- 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

Length of Interview

72 Minutes


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