Oral History interview of Dana Schmidt. Interview conducted by Winter, Nancy at University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL.
0:30 Early childhood; 1:37 Education prior to entering the Army - receiving his law degree; 2:05 Entering the Army; 2:40 Basic Training/ROTC Training; 5:30 First assignment at the Pentagon as Judge Advocate General's Corps; 6:32 Description of patent legal work; 9:00 How his work contributed to the war effort; 10:10 Describes the type of patents which are kept secret; 10:35 Describes purpose of patents; 11:20 How improvements to patents work; 11:56 Leaving the Army; 12:08 Post-Army work in private practice in Michigan; 12:48 Switch to corporate practice; 13:27 Describes work at Eastman Kodak and the patents he worked on; 14:42 Describes move to work at Johnson and Johnson; 15:10 The influence of his Army work on his civilian work; 15:38 How he feels about his service in the Army; 16:20 Called to Vietnam, but he work with JAG prevented him from going; 16:50 Advice for younger generations looking to join the military; 17:57 Reflection on his experience in the ROTC; 19:15 Discusses what it was like to work at the Pentagon during Vietnam War; 19:37 Why they were not allowed to wear their uniforms in DC every day; 20:08 Discusses physical training obligations while in DC; 20:56 Discusses physical training at Basic Training; 21:20 Discusses his ROTC experience on the Drill Team and how it helped him; 22:02 Discusses ROTC rifle competitions; 24:00 Discusses difference between those who competed and those who used rifles at funerals; 24:40 Closing of interview.
Date of Birth
Place of Birth
War or Conflict
Begin/End date of Service - 1st
Entrance into Service
Branch of Service
Unit of Service
Judge Advocate Generals Corps
Prisoner of War
Service Related Injury
Patent Attorney; Wrote patents for the Army
Married on 1963-02-02 with 2 children; Daughter Cynthia G. Schmidt, Esq. Director of the Center for Law and Policy at University of Central Florida; Granddaughter, Alex Schelle (daughter of Cynthia), Rotary Exchange Student in Encarnacion, Paraguay.
City of Birth
Country of Birth
Location of Interview
University of Central Florida Orlando, FL
Schmidt, Dana M.; 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
Length of Interview
Department of History, University of Central Florida
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Dana, Schmidt M., "Schmidt, Dana M. interview" (2014). Veterans Oral Histories. 226.