Oral History interview of Doris McClendon. Interview conducted by Weeks, Andrew Glen at University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL.
0:01 Introduction; 0:26 Biographical/ background information; 2:00 Decision to join the U.S. Navy; 7:59 First impressions of basic training; 14:10 Family life in the Navy; 18:24 Boot Camp Experience at NTC Orlando; 23:20 Letter day, lettering writing; 26:03 Having children. while in the Navy; 27:40 The Grinder; 28:38 Memories of graduating boot camp; 30:10 Assignments following graduation: Pearl Harbor, Jacksonville; 36:27 Fondest memories of the Navy; 48:35 Legacy of Naval Training Center Orlando; 50:25 Bluejacket.
Date of Birth
Place of Birth
Black or African American
War or Conflict
Persian Gulf War
Begin/End date of Service - 1st
Entrance into Service
Branch of Service
Location of Service
Hawaii; Orlando (Fla.); Pearl Harbor (Hawaii); Jacksonville (Fla.); Iceland
Prisoner of War
Service Related Injury
National Defense Service Medal; Navy and Marine Corps Overseas Service Ribbon; Navy Achievement Medal; Good Conduct Medal; Navy Commendation Medal
See video for details.
City of Birth
Country of Birth
Location of Interview
University of Central Florida Orlando, FL.
McClendon, Doris; Persian Gulf War Era, 1990-2003 -- Personal Narratives; Women and the military -- United States; 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
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
Doris, McClendon, "McClendon, Doris interview" (2014). Veterans Oral Histories. 268.