Oral History interview of Thomas Kosiorek. Interview conducted by Wilt, Ashley at Mr. Kosiorek's Home in Oviedo, FL.
0:01-0:49 Introduction; 0:50-2:54 Childhood, father a hero, desire to join Navy; 2:55-3:19 Boot Camp. 3:20-6:40 2 tours in Vietnam; 6:41-8:29 Details of Boot camp, A-School, and fueling airplanes. 8:30-16:59 Joining fleet, activities on ship, various locations that ships ported in; 17:00-18:29 Meeting wife, activities while serving; 18:30-20:44 Duration of deployment, replacing Enterprise on East Coast; becoming a shellback, 10 month cruise in Vietnam; 20:45-21:47 Decision to not re-enlist in Navy. Contemplated becoming chaplain; 21:48-22:59 Expresses wanting to be in Navy; further discusses time in military; 23:00-32:19 Returning to civilian life, discussing ship reunion; expresses his gratitude for serving in Navy; 32:20-36:39 Military's impact on rest of life, opinions about military; 36:40-EOI (End of Interview). Expresses opinions about military and appreciation for veterans.
Date of Birth
Place of Birth
San Francisco (Calif.)
War or Conflict
Begin/End date of Service - 1st
Entrance into Service
Branch of Service
Unit of Service
U.S.S Bon Homme Richard OVA-31
Prisoner of War
Service Related Injury
Flight Deck Operations
City of Birth
Country of Birth
Location of Interview
Mr. Kosiorek's Home in Oviedo, FL.
Kosiorek, Thomas M.; 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, "Kosiorek, Thomas M. interview" (2011). Veterans Oral Histories. 152.