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Oral history interview of Mr. Wallace O. Wildenradt. Interview conducted by Sharon Rodriguez at the University of Central Florida in Orlando, Florida on 03/13/2018.


0:01 Introduction; 0:40 Background and childhood; 2:10 Time before entering the Army; 2:30 Draft notice at 21; 3:38 Basic Training at Fort Gordon, Georgia; 4:30 Fort Dicks, New Jersey: Advanced training; 5:20 Job specs; 6:20 Being sent to and arriving in Vietnam; 8:00 Job in Vietnam; 9:25 Landing-Ship Tanks (LSTs); 10:52 Time in Cam Ranh Bay; 11:35 Interaction with fellow comrades; 12:14 Typical day in Cam Ranh Bay; 13:00 Interacting with locals; 17:30 Imminent threats; 18:00 Working with Japanese troops; 18:49 R&R: Tokyo, Japan; 21:55 Experiencing a demonstration in Japan; 24:15 Receiving a warm welcome home and feelings on negative welcomes; 25:25 Personal thoughts on the Vietnam War; 28:05 Losing friends to the war; 32:00 Most memorable experience in Cam Ranh Bay; 35:15 Next assignment: Phan Rang/ first impressions; 36:24 Comparison to Cam Ranh Bay; 37:20 Typical day in Phan Rang; 38:15 Activities on time off; 40:25 Interacting with locals in Phan Rang; 40:55 Communicating home; 41:25 Second time in Tokyo; 43:11 Being in a combat zone; 44:50 Commendations; 45:00 Leaving the Army; 45:10 Time after the service; 51:00 Job at the space center; 51:51 Transition into civilian life; 52:35 Applying military service to civilian life; 53:35 Final thoughts; 54:40 Closing remarks.

Date of Birth


Place of Birth

Daytona Beach (Fla.)




White - Non Hispanic

Home State


War or Conflict

Vietnam Era



Begin/End date of Service - 1st

September 1965

September 1967

Entrance into Service


Branch of Service

U.S. Army

Unit of Service

Alpha Company; 106th Military Intelligence Battalion; 6th Infantry Division (Light)

Location of Service

Fort Jackson (S.C.); Presidio of Monterey (Calif.); Fort Benning (Ga.); Goodfellow Air Force Base (Tex.); Fort Richardson (Alaska)

Highest Rank

Specialist; E4

Prisoner of War


Service Related Injury



Not applicable


Army Commendation Medal; Army Achievement Medal (one oak leaf cluster); Army Good Conduct Medal; Army Overseas Service Medal; Parachutist Badge; Air Assault Badge


The veteran served in Alaska for 2 years. He is a Persian Gulf War Era Veteran.


Not applicable

City of Birth


Country of Birth



Rock, Adam

Interview Date

Spring 3-7-2018

Location of Interview

UCF Medical Center Lake Nona, Orlando, FL


Wildenradt, Wallace O.; 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

Length of Interview

43 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