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Oral History interview of James Misky. Interview conducted by Karmazyn, Jessica at University of Central Florida's Colbourn Hall Room 401 in Orlando, FL.


0:06 Introduction; 0:12 Early Life/ Parent's Occupations; 0:56 Education before joining the Army; 1:15 Family Members in the military; 1:45 Decision to Enlist; 2:09 Friendship with Clerk in Fort Dix/Impact on service; 2:46 Training Locations/ Sent to North Quantry near DMZ; 3:05 Feelings toward Basic Training; 3:45 Combat Infantry Training; 4:10 Reflection on first seeing Vietnam; 5:00 Day to Day routine during the first days in Vietnam; 5:44 Routine life when he arrived at his unit; 6:51 Most Memorable Day in Service/ Hitting two land mines in one day; 7:56 Communication with people back home; 8:32 Quantity of supplies/ Comparison to Naval supplies; 9:37 World Traveling; 10:04 Reception by Americans during the Vietnam War; 10:34 Unit's casualties during tour; 10:55 A particularly unusual event/ Story about friend being killed by landmine; 12:08 Relaxation within the unit/ Drinking in the Unit; 13:24 Combat Experience in Vietnam; 14:26 End of Military Service/ Emotional Response/ Views to Civilian world in comparison to Army life; 15:04 Last Day in Service/Final Haircut in the Army; 16:05 Medals awarded during Mr. Misky's service; 16:21 Personal Feelings about Awards/Importance of the Combat Infantry Badge; 17:26 College after Military Service/ Post-Military employment; 18:42 Hiding military service after Vietnam/ Being spit on at an airport; 19:24 Effect of military service on personal life; 20:04 Contact with other service members/ Wondering about other service members; 22:04 Peoples' reaction to enlistment; 22:47 Primary Group Relationship/ Conscious Objector/ Mentality of Fellow soldiers; 24:41 Military Service's impact on personal relationship; 25:34 Personal Feelings on the War/ Crime in his unit/ Drug Use; 27:16 Differences between Front-Line and Rear-Line Units/ Racism in the Unit; 29:10 Beliefs about the War in Iraq and Afghanistan/ Views about Vietnam War; 30:17 Personal Views about Draft and need for it/Differences between Current Soldiers and soldiers of his generation; 32:07 Mental Illnesses surrounding Military Service/ Contact with Young Veterans; 33:01 Feelings about the Question: "Did you ever kill anyone?"; 33:34 News about Rioting in the United States/Personal Beliefs/ History Protesting; 35:08 News while in Vietnam; 35:47 Personal Pictures from Vietnam; 36:22 Personal Views about Military Service; 37:47 Personal Views about the United States and its role in the United States; 38:38 Personal Views about Military services' impact on personal life/ Contact with other Veterans/Dealing with PTSD following military service; 41:01 Meeting Mr. Misky's Wife/ Personal Life after Military Service/ Their relationship and PTSD's effect; 42:10 Contact with other Veterans; 42:52 Personal views about 'Good Morning, Vietnam' and 'Forrest Gump'/ Other Vietnam Movies/ Other War Movies; 45:02 Conclusion.

Date of Birth


Place of Birth

Willimantic (Conn.)




White - Non Hispanic

Home State


War or Conflict

Vietnam Era



Begin/End date of Service - 1st



Video; MovingImage


Entrance into Service


Branch of Service

U.S. Army

Unit of Service

5th Infantry 161

Location of Service

Fort Dix (N.J.); Vietnam

Highest Rank


Prisoner of War


Service Related Injury





National Defense Service Medal; Vietnam Service Medal; Vietnam Campaign Device; Purple Heart; Combat Infantryman Badge; Bronze Star


APC Driver


Not applicable

City of Birth


Country of Birth

United States


Karmazyn, Jessica

Interview Date


Location of Interview

University of Central Florida's Colbourn Hall Room 401 in Orlando, FL.


Misky, James; Vietnam War, 1961-1975 -- Personal Narratives; United States. Army

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


Karmazyn, Jessica

Length of Interview

46 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