Oral History interview of Thomas langkau. Interview conducted by Allen, James at University of Central Florida main campus.
0:08 James Allen UCF Veteran History; 0:52 Went to the boot camp in San Diego; 1:45 Getting in combat and having people shot; 2:48 My father was a World War II veteran; 3:19 I was in Vietnam from ; 4:57 There way always a search and rescue; 5:48 You were a basic rifle men; 6:13 What smells did you experience; 7:26 There were a number of locals; 8:03 I feel guilty about have being there; 9:10 The people I hung out with; 10:27 I saw some from a distance; 11:22 When a rocket attack; 12:43 No, you going to die; 14:30 They were from all different walks of life; 15:33 The airplane crash; 17:16 I just want to survive this and get home; 17:55 I started having nightmares; 19:24 There was a tradition in the marine corps; 20:30 The first person I saw was my brother in law; 22:11 Small town of about 40,000 people; 23:06 I joined up for four years; 24:21 I married my wife and I had a son; 25:21 The great number of people; 26:47 My best friend from high school; 28:00 I work for the Veterans Administration; 29:27 I walked in and was immediately uncomfortable; 29:56 Semper Fi; 31:00 Last year I got invited.
Date of Birth
Place of Birth
White - Non Hispanic
War or Conflict
Begin/End date of Service - 1st
Entrance into Service
Branch of Service
Unit of Service
Various marine aviation units
Prisoner of War
Service Related Injury
Vietnamese Campaign Ribbon; Presidential Unit Citation; Vietnam Service Medal; Good Conduct Medal
See video for details.
"I am a combat veteran who was diagnosed with PTSD in 1981 and have suffered with this situation starting while I was in Vietnam. Today, I work with veterans at the Orlando VA Medical Center as a Rehabilitation Specialist." - The Veteran.
City of Birth
Country of Birth
Location of Interview
University of Central Florida main campus.
Langkau, Thomas L.; Vietnam War, 1961-1975 -- Personal Narratives; United States. Marine Corps
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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University of Central Florida Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives
UCF Community Veterans History Project
Central Florida, RICHES of, "Langkau, Thomas Lee interview" (2012). Veterans Oral Histories. 103.