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Description

Oral History interview of Miguel Valdes. Interview conducted by Brittain, Joshua and Yacoub, Natalie at Vet Center in 5575 S Semoran Blvd, Orlando, FL.

Log

0:01 Introduction / Lead-in; 0:26 Synopsis of Valdes's military and veteran experience; 13:00 Growing up; 13:55 Valdes's life and career outside of the military; 15:57 Growing up 2; 17:15 Career in Army; 19:17 Locations of Service and experiences; 21:28 Valdes's unit – Tropic Lightning; 25:12 Early Army Career; 27:40 Experience in Vietnam; 30:37 Politics and War; 31:38 Experience in Infantry; 33:56 Racism; 36:36 Racism in Germany; 37:49 Racism in the (United) States; 40:45 Experience in the Army; 42:00 Post-service life; 43:14 Valdes's pictures; 49:18 Agent Orange; 50:55 Post-service life 2; 54:07 Belief in destiny; 54:57 Relationship with society with regards to race; 57:25 Interview's end.

Date of Birth

1950-05-05

Place of Birth

Puerto Rico

Gender

Male

Race

White - Non Hispanic

Home State

NA

War or Conflict

Vietnam Era

Status

Veteran

Begin/End date of Service - 1st

1976-06-09

1978-07-02

Entrance into Service

Enlisted

Branch of Service

U.S. Army

Unit of Service

4/23rd 25th Division

Location of Service

Vietnam; Germany

Highest Rank

Sergeant; SGT

Prisoner of War

Unspecified

Service Related Injury

Yes

Battles

Cambodian Campaign

Medals

Purple Heart; Bronze Star; Combat Infantryman Badge

Achievements

Infantry

Note

Not applicable

City of Birth

Unspecified

Country of Birth

Puerto Rico

Interviewer

Brittain, Joshua; Yacoub, Natalie

Interview Date

4-20-2015

Location of Interview

Vet Center in 5575 S Semoran Blvd, Orlando, FL.

Subjects

Valdes, Miguel; 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

Contributors

Brittain, Joshua; Yacoub, Natalie

Length of Interview

58 Minutes

Publisher

Department of History, University of Central Florida

Type

Video; MovingImage

Rights

All rights are held by the respective holding institution. This material is posted publicly for non-profit educational uses, excluding printed publication. For permission to reproduce and/or for copyright information contact Special Collections and University Archives, University of Central Florida Libraries, (407) 823-2576. http://library.ucf.edu/about/departments/special-collections-university-archives/

Repository

University of Central Florida Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives

Contributing Project

UCF Community Veterans History Project

Document Type

Interview

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