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Oral History interview of Michael Frost. Interview conducted by Orleman, Andrew; Wiggins, Leanne at the University of Central Florida in Orlando, FL.


0:36 Early life and childhood; 1:45 Family members in the service; 2:13 Family reaction to him entering the service during Vietnam War; 2:36 Decision to enlist; 3:04 Boot Camp and specialist training; 4:05 First assignment and complications; 5:20 Working and living in the Philippines; 7:01 Places he went on the USS Wichita; 8:23 Flooding part of the USS Wichita; 11:28 Experience in the Philippines while on shore duty; 14:23 Assignment in San Diego working on ships in port; 14:59 Bringing his daughter back to the United States; 16:05 Indoctrination training and coping with daughter's illness; 18:20 Transferring to the USS Halsey and assignment; 19:20 Life on the USS Halsey; 21:28 Places he went on the USS Halsey; 23:40 Experience in Perth, Australia; 25:15 Taking his son on the ship; 27:33 Transferring to San Diego as an instructor and that experience; 29:51 Making Chief Petty Officer; 30:44 How his duties changed after being promoted to Chief Petty Officer; 31:56 Most memorable experiences as an instructor; 32:36 Working on the USS Proteus; 34:41 Commemoration of the Battle of Coral Sea on the USS Proteus; 35:17 Description of Engineering Casualty Control Drills and finding holes in the bottom of the ship; 37:44 Decommissioning the USS Proteus; 38:54 Change in experience on ships as an officer; 40:52 New orders after returning the USS Proteus & taking his family to Orlando; 43:03 Transitioning to civilian life; 44:17 Application of military training to civilian life and his post-Navy jobs; 48:54 Remaining in contact with his former shipmates.

Date of Birth


Place of Birth

Buffalo (N.Y.)




White - Non Hispanic

Home State

New York

War or Conflict

Vietnam Era



Begin/End date of Service - 1st



Video; MovingImage


Entrance into Service


Branch of Service

U.S. Navy

Unit of Service

U.S.S. Wichita AOR-1; Naval Fuel Depot Subic Bay Philippines; Ships intermediate maintenance activity San Diego; U.S.S. Halsey CG-23; Fleet Training Facility San Diego; USS Proteus AS-19 GUAM; Naval Marine Corp Reserve Depot San Diego

Location of Service

U.S.S. Wichita; Subic Bay (Philippines); San Diego (Calif.); U.S.S. Halsey

Highest Rank

Senior Chief Petty Officer; SCPO

Prisoner of War


Service Related Injury



Operation Fiery Vigil


Navy Commendation Medal; Navy Achievement Medal; Navy Expeditionary Medal; Humanitarian Service Medal; Good Conduct Medal; National Defense Medal


Served as Surface Warfare Specialist - 1981; Master Training Specialist - 1988; Command (USS Proteus) received Meritorious Commendation for participation in Operation Fiery Vigil.


Awarded the Navy Achievement Medal twice; Awarded the Good Conduct 5 times; Awarded the National Defense Medal twice.

City of Birth


Country of Birth

United States


Orleman, Andrew; Wiggins, Leanne

Interview Date


Location of Interview

the University of Central Florida in Orlando, FL.


Frost, Michael V.; Vietnam War, 1961-1975 -- Personal Narratives; United States. Navy

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

51 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