Oral History interview of Carlos Velez. Interview conducted by White, Rachel and Perez, Kristine at Vet Center, 5575 S Semoran Blvd, Orlando, FL.
0:28 Birth; 0:33 Family Background; 0:49 Moving to New York City; 1:08 Family Members; 1:49 Growing Up in New York; 3:54 Education before the Military; 4:06 Joining the Military; 5:42 First Days in the Service; 6:53 Training; 8:20 Length of Service/Decision Not to Reenlist; 9:41 Joining the National Guard; 10:34 First Days in Vietnam; 14:20 Friendship with Kevin Daley; 18:03 Stars and Stripes; 20:50 Relationships with Other Soldiers; 23:21 Puerto Rican Soldiers in Vietnam; 27:37 Relationship With Family While in Vietnam; 28:46 Recreation in Vietnam; 30:36 Contact with Locals; 31:27 Injuries; 34:40 End of Service; 35:44 Returning Home from War; 39:41 Life After the Army; 40:21 Experience in the National Guard; 41:50 Discrimination; 45:53 Moving to the South; 48:26 Retirement from the National Guard; 50:39 Veterans Groups; 51:22 Life Today; 52:31 Advice for Someone Joining the Military; 54:43 Final Thoughts.
Date of Birth
Place of Birth
Manati (P. R.)
White - Non Hispanic
War or Conflict
Begin/End date of Service - 1st
Entrance into Service
Branch of Service
Unit of Service
1st Cavalry Division; 1st of 7th Cavalry Battalion Company A
Location of Service
Prisoner of War
Service Related Injury
See video for details.
City of Birth
Country of Birth
White, Rachel; Perez, Kristine
Location of Interview
Vet Center, 5575 S Semoran Blvd, Orlando, FL.
Velez, Carlos; Vietnam War, 1961-1975 -- 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
White, Rachel; Perez, Kristine
Length of Interview
Department of History, University of Central Florida
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UCF Community Veterans History Project
Central Florida, RICHES of, "Velez, Carlos interview" (2015). Veterans Oral Histories. 357.