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Oral History interview of Lawrence Kennedy. Interview conducted by Webb, Joshua at JHT Offices off of Research Parkway in Orlando, FL.


0:01 Introduction; 0:31 Birth Place and date; 0:40 Growing up; 1:03 Graduating High School; 1:25 Growing up (continued); 1:47 Parents Occupation; 2:22 Siblings; 2:31 Family in the military; 3:00 Decision to join the military; 3:21 Decision to join the Navy over the other services; 3:48 Choices of Military occupation; 4:41 How family and friends reacted to joining; 5:00 Boot camp location and weather; 5:23 Memorable experience of boot camp; 5:42 Additional training at Groton and other schools; 6:31 Opinion of Submarine School; 6:49 First assignment USS Sunfish; 7:37 Average day on the Sunfish; 8:18 Shore Leave; 8:40 Most memorable experience on the Sunfish; 9:04 Contact with family; 9:24 Meeting his wife; 9:47 Going to the next ship; 10:22 Differences in duties; 12:04 Next duty at Shore Intermediate Maintenance Activity; 12:56 Memorable experiences at Shore Intermediate Maintenance Activity; 13:51 Going to the USS Minneapolis-St. Paul; 14:25 Differences from previous two ships; 15:44 USS Minneapolis-St. Paul compared to the USS Sunfish; 16:40 Making Chief; 17:19 Transferring back to the USS Cheyenne; 17:26 Most memorable experience on the Minneapolis-St. Paul; 17:40 Differences in the USS Cheyenne from when she was a PCU; 18:08 Deployment to support Iraqi Freedom; 19:51 Launching the first Tomahawk cruise missiles into Iraq; 20:32 Opinion of being the first ones to launch an attack on Iraq; 21:38 Transfer to last station; 22:08 Retirement; 23:38 Choosing final terminal shore duty; 24:16 Last days in service.

Date of Birth


Place of Birth

Kinston (N.C.)




White - Non Hispanic

Home State

North Carolina

War or Conflict

Operation Iraqi Freedom



Begin/End date of Service - 1st



Video; MovingImage


Entrance into Service


Branch of Service

U.S. Navy

Unit of Service

Submarine School Groton CT; USS Sunfish (SSN-649); PCU (Pre-Commissioning Unit) Cheyenne (SSN-773); SIMA Norfolk VA (Shore Intermediate Maintenance Activity); USS Minneapolis St. Paul (SSN-708); USS Cheyenne (SSN-773); SLF Norfolk VA (Submarine Learning Facility)

Location of Service

USS Sunfish; USS Minneapolis (St. Paul); USS Cheyenne; Iraq

Highest Rank

Electronics Technician Chief Petty Officer; ETC

Prisoner of War


Service Related Injury





National Defense Service Medal; Global War on Terrorism Service Medal; Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal; Good Conduct Medal; Meritorious Unit Commendation; Navy "E" ribbon; Navy Unit Commendation; Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal; Sea Service Deployment Ribbon; Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal


Qualified in Submarines


Awarded National Defense Service Medal twice, Good Conduct Medal six times, Meritorious Unit Commendation twice, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal four times and Sea Service Deployment Ribbon six times.

City of Birth


Country of Birth

United States


Webb, Joshua

Interview Date


Location of Interview

JHT Offices off of Research Parkway in Orlando, FL.


Kennedy, Lawrence; Iraq War, 2003-2011 -- Personal Narratives; Afghanistan and Iraq Wars, 2001-present -- 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


Webb, Joshua

Length of Interview

28 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