Oral History interview of Ray Sturm. Interview conducted by Hollingsworth, Katie at University of Central Florida- Orlando, FL.
0:35 Birth, childhood, and family life; 3:00 Education; 4:25 Family military connections; 4:50 Awareness of Korean Conflict before enlistment; 5:45 Recruiting process; 6:55 Family's reaction to enlistment; 7:20 Basic training; 8:20 Advanced training- Base Supply Tech School; 8:50 Typewriting; 10:50 Changing jobs; 11:25 Photographic and charting service; 12:15 Training films; 13:30 Becoming a Staff Sergeant; 14:45 Sampson AFB band; 15:50 Assignment to Iceland; 16:45 Flying to Iceland- cargo plane; 17:25 First impressions of Iceland; 18:05 Studying; 18:35 Working the night shift; 19:00 Communist radio program- Mike and Molly; 19:30 Keeping in contact with family while overseas; 20:18 Typical day in Iceland; 22:05 Enlisted men's club; 22:20 Walking in the wind; 23:05 Eating breakfast twice a day; 24:20 Inventory calculations; 24:45 Return to Orlando; 25:15 Icelandic food; 25:50 Friends transferring to Iceland permanently- physical inventory; 26:45 Meeting his wife; 28:03 Fellow military members; 28:45 Meeting people via unit supple; 29:23 Officers; 30:00 Free time and dating; 31:05 Keeping warm- outdoor coal stove; 32:00 Leaving the service; 33:05 Studying accounting; 33:10 Return to Chicago to visit family; 33:50 Improving academic skills; 34:20 Son joining Army.
Date of Birth
Place of Birth
White - Non Hispanic
War or Conflict
Cold War Era
Begin/End date of Service - 1st
Entrance into Service
Branch of Service
Unit of Service
210th Field Artillery Brigade; 34th Infantry Division
Location of Service
Prisoner of War
Service Related Injury
See video for details.
"I served active duty during the peacetime from 1983-1986. While the wolf never came while I was serving, whenever intelligence would pick up potential activity, we would go on alert and get ready for battle." -The Veteran.
City of Birth
Country of Birth
Location of Interview
University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL.
Sturm, Ray; Cold War -- 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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Richard, Sturm, "Sturm, Richard interview" (2014). Veterans Oral Histories. 320.