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Oral History interview of Kim Dapkus. Interview conducted by Allem, Tameka; Jacobson, Matthew; Rewis, Brandon at Lockheed Martin, Orlando, FL.


0:30 Talked about where he was born; 0:37 Talked about where his parents worked; 0:51 Talked about siblings; 1:01 Talked about how oldest brother served in the Mar; 1:21 Explained that he went straight into lip service from high school; 1:37 Used military's GI Bill to go to college and get his Master's degree; 2:10 Talked about how his family was proud of him serving; 2:18 Didn't have a great childhood and military was a way to change that; 2:32 Talked about how he enlisted in the Navy to avoid the draft; 3:06 Talked about his first day at bootcamp; 3:42 Talked about the physical training and on the ship; 4:27 Talked about where he was assigned; 5:08 Talked about life overseas on a ship; 6:26 Talked about how his son was just deployed to Afghanistan; 6:38 Communication was limited to written mail while overseas; 6:59 Worked on the mechanical component of ship entire time in service; 7:17 Normal daily routines including work and watch hour; 7:56 Talked about his ship looking for survivors of a shipwreck; 8:47 Talked about visiting different Mediterranean countries; 9:11 Talked about free time on the ship and free time when at the ports; 10:00 Talked about communication with family; 10:24 Still knows people today that he served with; 11:00 Talks about trying to look up and keep in contact people he served with; 11:14 Talked about shore duty being like a normal 8-5 job; 11:52 Shore duty was a lot like sea duty except you could leave the ship; 12:08 Talked about how it was great to go home while on leave; 12:37 Leave would always be at home with just the family; 13:06 After leaving the service he starting working for Sanders Associates; 13:49 Learned a lot of discipline and maturity from the military; 14:37 Talked about what he does at Lockheed Martin; 14:58 Says that his time spent in the service helps him with his job today; 15:03 Currently does not belong to any veteran's groups; 15:11 Talks about how he would encourage people to join the military; 15:30 Talked about his son's time in the service; 15:57 Talked about his other children and grandchildren; 16:21 Was happy he waited until after serving to go to college; 17:15 Was happy with the job he had in the military; 17:47 Worked on subs but happy he didn't have to work in them; 18:47 Thinks that the service is a great avenue for people.

Date of Birth


Place of Birth

Nashwa (N.H.)





Home State

New Hampshire

War or Conflict

Vietnam Era



Begin/End date of Service - 1st



Video; MovingImage


Entrance into Service


Branch of Service

U.S. Navy

Unit of Service

USS California

Location of Service

Virginia; Mediterranean Sea

Highest Rank

Petty Officer 2nd Class; PO2

Prisoner of War


Service Related Injury







See video for details.


Not applicable

City of Birth


Country of Birth

United States


Allem, Tameka; Jacobson, Matthew; Rewis, Brandon

Interview Date


Location of Interview

Lockheed Martin, Orlando, FL.


Dapkus, Kim; Vietnam War, 1961-1975 -- Personal Narratives; United States. Navy

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


Allem, Tameka; Jacobson, Matthew; Rewis, Brandon

Length of Interview

20 Minutes


Department of History, University of Central Florida




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University of Central Florida Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives

Contributing Project

UCF Community Veterans History Project

Document Type