Oral History interview of Warren Jennison. Interview conducted by Falquez, Marcella M. at UCF Library.
0:24 Discusses early life; 1:51 Joins Navy; 2:49 Basic Training; 3:10 First Assignment; 4:07 Near crash with the U.S.S. Albany; 5:23 Discusses responsibilities of a radarman; 6:22 Leaves Active Duty; 6:55 Joins Naval Reserve; 7:10 Discusses recruitment duties; 8:06 Learns to draft; 8:40 Rejoins Navy as a Seabee; 9:38 Goes to Vietnam; 10:31 Becomes engineering aide; 10:56 Amphibious Construction Battalion 2; 12:19 Moves to North Carolina; 13:45 First tour on Diego Garcia; 14:20 Birth of third daughter; 15:12 Discusses responsibilities; 15:28 Switch to planning and estimating; 17:44 Navy Mobile Construction Battalion 62; 17:52 Guam assignment; 20:27 Rota, Spain; 20:34 Become Chief Petty Officer; 20:40 Discusses why he liked the Navy; 21:09 Football victory against Naval Air Station Team; 22:10 Hurricane Frederick; 22:59 Edsel, Scotland, and birth of son; 24:37 Discusses stresses of leaving for deployments; 25:55 Makes Senior Chief; 27:20 Is frocked; 27:33 Second tour on Diego Garcia; 28:03 Wife and family honored at his retirement; 29:39 Civilian teaching career.
Date of Birth
Place of Birth
White - Non Hispanic
War or Conflict
Entrance into Service
Branch of Service
Unit of Service
U.S. Naval Fleet service aboard USS Dewey, DLG-14; U.S. Naval Reserve in Tampa, Florida; U.S. Naval Construction Force in several different units.
Location of Service
Engineering Aid Senior Chief Petty Officer; EACS
Prisoner of War
Service Related Injury
Navy Achievement Medal; Vietnam Service Ribbon; Naval Campaign Service Medal; Navy Good Conduct Medal
Navy Achievement award for planning and estimating capabilities in Vietnam; Navy Achievement award for planning capabilities at R.A.F. Edzell, Scotland; served as Leading Senior Chief Petty Officer during second tour on Diego Garcia; served as Leading Senior Chief Petty Officer at Edzell, Scotland; trained some sixty naval personnel in Service Contract Administration while on Diego Garcia during second tour there. Served four years active as a Radarman (now Operations Specialist; served the Naval Reserve unit as an assistant recruiter for nearly three years; reenlisted for active service by passing Engineering Aid 'A' School and converted to Engineering Aid in the CB's; served in the NCF for 22 years
Non-combatant duties; served in backup Security Force at China Beach, Danang, R.V.N. Awarded Navy Achievement Medal twice.
Country of Birth
Falquez, Marcella M.
Location of Interview
Jennison, Warren E.; Vietnam War, 1961-1975 -- Personal Narratives; United States. Navy
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
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Central Florida, RICHES of, "Jennison, Warren Earle interview" (2012). Veterans Oral Histories. 96.