Streaming Media


Oral History interview of Rodney Smith. Interview conducted by Malloy, Samantha at Smith Residence.


0:00 Introduction of interviewee and interviewer; 0:15 Background and childhood of Rodney Smith; 1:30 The draft; 2:27 Basic Training; 3:26 Advanced Training; 4:30 Officers Candidate School; 4:54 Deployment to Germany; 5:49 interviewing the families of German girls to Marry American guys; 6:48 Auto-accident; 8:19 Ward 41 in Walter Reed Hospital; 10:28 Soldiers and brain injuries; 11:08 Clinical and psychological testing after injuries; 11:51 Release back to active duty; 12:20 First impressions of Vietnam; 13:15 What a soldier carried in Vietnam; 13:51 Original orders for Vietnam; 14:25 Reactions to being reassigned to the 1st Cav; 14:53 Life in a Combat situation; 16:37 Kill ratios; 17:19 Being lured into a trap; 17:40 Air support/other support; 19:23 Leave to Hong Kong; 20:48 The Animals, 'We gotta get out of this place'; 21:15 Relations with the local Vietnamese; 22:17 Widening of Big Red One base; 23:41 Attack into Cambodia; 24:29 Post Traumatic Stress Disorder/Disability benefits; 25:42 College; 26:25 If college benefitted him; 27:24 Marriage to his first wife; 28:25 Smiths family now; 29:20 Veterans Organizations; 30:39 Contact with people served with; 33:13 Country's largest Vietnam Veterans reunion; 37:18 Preparation for the reunion; 39:29 Feelings toward career military personnel; 39:56 Treatment of veterans; 41:49 Current state of the Country; 42:24 Every citizen should serve; 43:31 Conclusion of interview.

Place of Birth

Chicago (Ill.)



War or Conflict

Vietnam Era

Interview Date


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


Department of History, University of Central Florida


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 and University Archives

Contributing Project

UCF Community Veterans History Project

Document Type