Oral History interview of Gordon Pierce. Interview conducted by Sims, Roger Jordan at University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL.
0.01 Introduction; 1:04 Biographical information; 2:22 Reasons for joining the Navy and boot camp attendance; 4:51 First impressions of Orlando and NTC Orlando; 6:24 Experiences and training during boot camp; 12:47 Memories of time spent during boot camp; 15:06 Areas of importance on the base; 20:02 Naval assignments following boot camp; 20:59 Vietnam experience; 22:20 Operation Enduring Freedom experience; 23:10 Life after the Navy; 27:22 Changes to Central Florida since boot camp; 29:36 Legacy of Naval Training Center Orlando; 32:44 Mr. Pierce describes life on an aircraft carrier; 34:14 Ms. Cothrin summarizes her naval career.
Date of Birth
Place of Birth
White - Non Hispanic
War or Conflict
Begin/End date of Service - 1st
Entrance into Service
Branch of Service
Unit of Service
VF-171 USS Wasp and USS Coral Sea; VF-11 USS Franklin D. Roosevelt; VA-72 USS John F. Kennedy
Location of Service
Master Chief Petty Officer; MCPO
Prisoner of War
Service Related Injury
Navy Commendation Medal; Navy Achievement Medal
Multiple crossings of Arctic Ocean
City of Birth
Country of Birth
Sims, Roger Jordan
Location of Interview
University of Central Florida Orlando, FL.
Pierce, Gordon; Vietnam War, 1961-1975 -- Personal Narratives; United States. Navy
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
Sims, Roger Jordan
Length of Interview
Department of History, University of Central Florida
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University of Central Florida Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives
UCF Community Veterans History Project
Gordon, Pierce, "Pierce, Gordon interview" (2014). Veterans Oral Histories. 229.