Streaming Media


Oral History interview of Michael Galyean. Interview conducted by William, Kayla at Galyean residence.


0:39 Biographical Information; 1:10 Education in Corinth, Mississippi; 2:30 Meeting his wife in Quantico, Virginia; 3:20 Influences in his life; 4:43 Volunteering for Officer Candidate School at Quantico; 5:30 Friends who served in the military; 6:00 Family members who served in the military; 6:26 Views on the military before going to Vietnam; 7:00 American's view on the Vietnam War; 7:46 Explanation for America's view on Vietnam and the war; 8:24 Views on the North Vietnamese before going to war; 9:14 Talks about Officer Candidate School's physical training; 12:15 First reaction to being an Infantry Officer in Vietnam; 12:41 Treatment in Vietnam War; 13:00 Job duties in the Vietnam War; 17:28 Views on the locals/natives of Vietnam/Knowing Lt. Chu's Family; 19:22 Novice in the Vietnamese language; 20:06 Developments of friendships of Marine Corps Officers & Enlisted; 21:10 Disadvantages/Advantages of being in the Marine Corps; 22:39 Funniest moment and experience while being in the Marine Corps; 27:04 First reaction when leaving Vietnam and the Marine Corps; 27:39 Explanation of the treatment when returning to the United States; 30:52 Explanation of the good things the military did; 31:08 Saving and taking care of North Vietnamese prisoners; 33:04 Explaining how the media is to blame for the Vietnam War; 34:18 Currently volunteering and apart of numerous military organizations; 35:43 Working for the YMCA after the Vietnam War; 36:25 Speaking at colleges and universities about his military life; 37:37 Marine Corps affect after serving in Vietnam; 38:22 Coverage we didn't discuss; 41:02 Conclusion.

Date of Birth


Place of Birth

Corinth (Miss.)




White - Non Hispanic

Home State


War or Conflict

Vietnam Era



Entrance into Service


Branch of Service

U.S. Army

Unit of Service

Alpha Company First Battalion 3rd Marine Regiment 3rd Marine Division; 3rd Marine Amphibious Force Prisoner IV Facility; Company Commander of the Security Company for 3rd MP Battalion

Prisoner of War


Service Related Injury





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City of Birth


Country of Birth

United States


William, Kayla

Interview Date

Spring 4-16-2012

Location of Interview

Galyean residence


Galyean, Michael L.; Vietnam War, 1961-1975 -- Personal Narratives; United States. Marines

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

41 Minutes


Department of History, University of Central Florida


MovingImage, Video, Sound, Audio


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