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Oral History interview of Paul Enchelmayer. Interview conducted by Hearst, Patricia at University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL.


0:01 Introductions - Evanston, Illinois/growing up; 1:30 Brothers and Sisters; 2:00 Family members in the service; 4:00 Education prior to the military/Southern Illinois University; 5:07 Dropping out of college - enlisting in the army in 1967; 5:56 Basic training in the Kentucky Winter; 7:05 First exposure to other cultures; 7:53 Communications specialist training - Fort Gordon, Georgia; 9:00 Getting orders for Vietnam - assigned to a supply company; 9:44 Least favorite part of basic - long marches in the snow; 10:56 Favorite part - Meeting people/basic was easier than he thought; 13:14 Impressions/attitudes before shipping out; 14:40 "Scary" moments in Vietnam; 15:53 366 Days in Vietnam; 16:25 Coming back to a "new world" after Vietnam/culture shock; 17:20 Interactions with anti-war sentiment; 19:17 Vietnam Veterans of America Association; 20:20 Military life after Vietnam - Fort Lewis, Washington State; 21:30 R&R in Hong Kong during Vietnam; 22:25 The Tet Offensive - the war "got serious" for the support units; 24:56 Being shot at during Tet/supply runs; 26:20 Role on base during the Vietnam War/importance of communications; 30:00 Living on base - Mr. Enchelmayer describes his living/working conditions; 32:13 Free time on base; food on base; 33:15 Interactions with the Vietnamese; 36:06 Visiting his cousin while in Vietnam - going to Saigon; 37:02 Taking care of 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment/size of the base; 38:13 Communicating with fellow soldiers after the war; 40:35 Post-Vietnam military career - Ft. Lewis Headquarters Company; 41:44 Marrying a fellow service-woman; 42:10 Decision to leave the military - going back to Southern Illinois University; 43:33 Getting a degree in radio television broadcast management; 44:15 Most valuable military experience; 46:10 Post-military career in cable television; 47:40 Working for the University of Miami medical school; 48:30 Sons in the military/wives in the military; 50:41 Final thoughts on the military; 51:54-53:36 Looks at letters he wrote home to his mother.

Date of Birth


Place of Birth

Evanston (Ill.)




White - Non Hispanic

Home State


War or Conflict

Vietnam Era



Begin/End date of Service - 1st



Entrance into Service


Branch of Service

U.S. Army

Unit of Service

506th Supply and Service Company, 1st Logistical Command

Location of Service

Vietnam; Fort Lewis (Wash.); Fort Gordon (Ga.)

Highest Rank

Specialist 5th Class; SP5

Prisoner of War


Service Related Injury



TET Offensive


Vietnam Service Medal; Good Conduct Medal


See video for details.


LIFE Peer-to-Peer Program

City of Birth


Country of Birth

United States


Hearst, Patricia

Interview Date


Location of Interview

University of Central Florida Orlando, FL.


Enchelmayer, Paul L.; Vietnam War, 1961-1975 -- Personal Narratives; United States. Army

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


Hearst, Patricia

Length of Interview

54 Minutes


Department of History, University of Central Florida


Video; MovingImage


All rights are held by the respective holding institution. This material is posted publicly for non-profit educational uses, excluding printed publication. For permission to reproduce and/or for copyright information contact Special Collections and University Archives, University of Central Florida Libraries, (407) 823-2576. http://library.ucf.edu/about/departments/special-collections-university-archives/


University of Central Florida Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives

Contributing Project

UCF Community Veterans History Project

Document Type