Oral History interview of Jacob Dorn. Interview conducted by Bradfield, Daniel; Joyner, Chad at Orange County Library: Hiawassee Branch.
0:01-2:46 Biographical information: pre-military; 2:46-4:05 Decision to enlist; 4:05-4:40 Education; 4:40-5:06 Reason for choosing the Army; 5:06-6:12 Family & friends' reaction to enlistment also reactions to the draft; 6:12-10:20 Early military career, basic, and time spent at Fort Ord; 10:20-12:15 OCS and why Mr. Dorn did not complete; 19:27-20:36 Encounter in San Fran, Mr. Dorn called a "Baby Killer" and his reaction; 20:36-26:12 Nuclear weapons unit and views on nuclear weapons; 26:12-29:49 Members of his unit and separation from the service; 29:49-31:10 Flying home question; 31:10-33:41 Recreation in Hawaii & prostitution; 33:41-37:01 Separation and Christmas with family; 37:01-39:59 How Mr. Dorn was assigned to Hawaii; 39:59-42:04 Reflections on service and what he gained from it, career after w/ GI Bill; 42:04-44:15 Final Questions; 44:15-44:45 Brief discussion of "Top Secret" mission; 44:45-50:28 Davy Crockett Weapon System, views about weapon, and firing accident; 50:36-57:21 Final Thoughts.
Date of Birth
Place of Birth
New York (N.Y.)
White - Non Hispanic
War or Conflict
Begin/End date of Service - 1st
Entrance into Service
Branch of Service
Unit of Service
2nd Battalion, 21st Artillery, 25th Division
Prisoner of War
Service Related Injury
Operation Leper Lapper
National Defense Service Medal; Good Conduct Medal
Spend most of time with an infantry nuclear weapons unit in Hawaii.
"When there is no nuclear war going on, nuclear weapons units do not do much. Our weapons system, the Davy Crockett, had a deliver range that was shorter than the warhead blast range." - Dorn, Jacob L.
City of Birth
Country of Birth
Bradfield, Daniel; Joyner, Chad
Location of Interview
Orange County Library: Hiawassee Branch.
Dorn, Jacob L.; Vietnam War, 1961-1975 -- Personal Narratives; 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
Bradfield, Daniel; Joyner, Chad
Length of Interview
Department of History, University of Central Florida
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Central Florida, RICHES of, "Dorn, Jacob L. interview" (2014). Veterans Oral Histories. 203.