Oral history interview of Joan M. Polidori-Kleca. Interview conducted by Katie Kustura at Orlando Veterans Association.
0:20 First days of service; 1:15 First place stationed in Army nurse corps; 2:20 Shipped to Germany; 2:30 Details about Germany; 2:50 Distraction; 3:30 Radiation for skin cancer after Vietnam; 3:50 Work in surgery; 4:40 Treating casualties; 5:00 Distraction; 6:25 Germany was her favorite place; 6:55 Distraction; 8:10 Wrote letters to her family; 8:40 Went to Mass in Rome and had communion with the Pope; 9:00 Good luck charms; 10:18 Too busy to worry about entertainment; 10:30 Focused on her studies; 11:00 Childhood; 13:30 Running surgeries in Vietnam; 13:45 Talked about her sergeants; 15:08 Wishes she could touch base with sergeants; 15:48 colonel; 16:38 Went to Saigon; 17:08 Refused to leave soldiers upon rotation date; 18:26 Memories of sergeants and casualties; 20:28 Bombing in Saigon; 21:05 Ward of amputees hardest to see; 22:07 Received credit for Korea; 29:06 Came back to States and discussed her family; 35:10 Taught health classes in local schools; 36:15 Highest rank; 36:40 Thoughts regarding todays war; 39:50 Met husband; 45:08 Married in Vegas; 46:00 Wanted divorce.
Date of Birth
Place of Birth
White - Non Hispanic
War or Conflict
World War II; Vietnam Era
Begin/End date of Service - 1st
Entrance into Service
Branch of Service
Unit of Service
Location of Service
Prisoner of War
Service Related Injury
Army Commendation Medal
See video for details.
City of Birth
Country of Birth
Location of Interview
Orlando Veterans Association
Polidori-Kleca, Joan M.; World War, 1939-1945 -- Personal Narratives; Women and the military -- United States; United States. Army
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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UCF Community Veterans History Project
Central Florida, RICHES of, "Polidori-Kleca, Joan M. interview" (2010). Veterans Oral Histories. 16.