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Oral History interview of Steven Grimm. Interview conducted by Orleman, Andrew and Wiggins, Leanne at University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL.


0:33 Family background and early childhood; 1:22 Education pre-Army; 1:51 Family in the military; 2:12 Joining the Army/Family reactions; 3:17 Boot camp experience; 4:58 Jump school experience; 6:47 Special forces school experience; 9:33 Arriving in Vietnam/First impressions; 10:57 Experience with Vietnamese Civilians and CIDG; 12:50 Description of assignment and movements in Vietnam; 13:43 Patrol where he had to hide from the Viet Cong and fears/reactions; 15:05 Description of typical day in Vietnam and trying to blend-in; 16:30 Description of combat he experienced frequently; 18:06 Description of environment in Vietnam; 19:43 Discusses his week-long leave; 21:21 Description of "down-time" activities; 23:31 Description of non-typical day in Vietnam; 24:24 First experience with combat and first kill; 37:36 Equipment he carried as a communications officer; 28:24 Viet Cong attack on camp when he received injuries; 32:53 Receiving treatment for his injuries; 38:50 Flying home and issues with his injuries; 39:57 Arriving home; 40:28 Reception in the community and avoiding civilian resentment; 41:16 Shift in community perception of soldiers when his son entered for Iraq; 42:27 Description of friend's (Morton Park's) experience in Normandy; 43:34 Description of work with veterans/ Veterans' Court in Daytona Beach, FL; 45:46 Mardi Gras story; 47:51 Talking to his son's class about the Vietnam War; 49:04 Description of "Puff the Magic Dragon"; 49:51 Description of his job as a cryptologist; 50:34 Description of what he means by "Teams" and "Corps" in Vietnam; 51:46 Involvement with Vietnam Veterans Association; 54:58 Moving to Florida; 55:24 Becoming the Business Office Manager and later CEO for a hospital; 56:15 Experience with Hurricane Katrina; 57:12 Medals he was awarded; 59:49 Desire to be buried in Arlington Cemetery and experience at Arlington; 1:01:19 Experience with working at his hospital in Louisiana while CEO; 1:03:05 Friend from Vietnam Roger Houdini, Survivors' Guilt, and final thoughts.

Date of Birth


Place of Birth

Indianapolis (Ind.)




White - Non Hispanic

Home State


War or Conflict

Vietnam Era



Begin/End date of Service - 1st



Video; MovingImage


Entrance into Service


Branch of Service

U.S. Army

Unit of Service

5th Special Forces Group

Location of Service


Highest Rank

Sergeant; SGT

Prisoner of War


Service Related Injury



Chau Doc (Vietnam War)


Silver Star Medal; Purple Heart; Parachutist Badge; Good Conduct Medal; National Defense Service Medal; Vietnam Service Media


Communications operator, served with A teams, B teams, and C teams while in country. Our camp was attached and the VC attempted to over run our camp. During the battle I was wounded two times. I was evacuated to a mash unit (I don't know where that unit was) and then sent to Saigon where I was sent home to Valley Forge Hospital.


"I am rated a 100% disabled and work very closely with the VA." - The Veteran. Awarded four Vietnamese Medals.

City of Birth


Country of Birth

United States


Orleman, Andrew; Wiggins, Leanne

Interview Date


Location of Interview

University of Central Florida Orlando, FL.


Grimm, Steven A.; 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


Orleman, Andrew; Wiggins, Leanne

Length of Interview

66 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