Oral History interview of David DeMarrais. Interview conducted by Perkins, Madaline at Village on the Green in Longwood, FL.
0:01 Introduction; 0:53 Childhood; 1:40 Family Life; 2:25 Family Members in Military Service; 3:15 Education; 4:50 Drafted on Wedding Day; 5:43 First Days in the Army; 7:11 Lifestyle Adaptation; 8:30 Possessions in Basic Training; 9:14 MOS Explanation; 10:30 1st Assignment; 12:30 Breakdown of an Army Company; 13:15 Advantages of Being a Company Clerk; 14:15 State of the Army in 1961; 16:00 Most Memorable Training Experience; 18:20 Early Draft System; 20:33 Obligation to the Reserves; 21:30 Escalation of the Vietnam Conflict; 22:30 Return to Pittsburgh; 25:00 Post Army Career; 28:12 Financial Systems Collapse; 29:37 Contact with Other Veterans; 30:28 Experiences in Florida; 31:37 Feelings on Service; 34:32 Funny Experiences & Final Thoughts; 36:27 Conclusion
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
3rd Training Regiment
Specialist 4th Class; SP4
Prisoner of War
Service Related Injury
Good Conduct Medal
Served as Company Clerk.
BA Duquesne University, 1963.
City of Birth
Country of Birth
Location of Interview
Village on the Green, Longwood, FL.
DeMarrais, David G.; 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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Central Florida, RICHES of, "DeMarrais, David G. interview" (2014). Veterans Oral Histories. 277.