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Oral History interview of Dennis Dorsey. Interview conducted by Fuerst, Agnes and Kontos, Alex at Community Center 500 Village Pl, Longwood, FL 3277.


0:58 Brief Overview of Military History; 10:05 What influenced you to join; 12:00 Officer training school - Fort Knox Kentucky; 13:00 Patrol of the East and West German Border; 14:04 Korea/ Stationed in Korea after Korean War; 14:49 Living conditions/ living overseas; 16:50 Living conditions in Korea; 19:12 Living conditions in Germany; 21:30 Living conditions in Vietnam; 23:11 Learns different languages; 23:50 JFK assassination (while in Germany); 24:50 German response to JFK assassination; 26:40 Significant U.S. events while in Vietnam; 29:30 Cultural changes; 30:02 Vietnamese culture and civilization; 33:12 Most memorable experience in Vietnam; 35:00 Vietnamese food; 36:23 Turkish culture; 38:55 Explain 1st deployment in two words; 39:34 Explain Vietnam in two words; 39:40 Explain Korea in two words; 40:00 Explain Turkey in two words; 40:43 Moment that sticks out from military experience; 41:25 Awards received and why; 43:00 Contact with military associates after service; 45:00 Closing and thank yous.

Date of Birth


Place of Birth

San Jose (Calif.)




White - Non Hispanic

Home State


War or Conflict

Vietnam Era



Begin/End date of Service - 1st



Entrance into Service


Branch of Service

U.S. Army

Unit of Service

3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment, 1st Infantry Division; 34th Armored, 4th Infantry Division; 1st Battalion 40th Armored, 7th Infantry Division; 14th Armored Cavalry Regiment

Location of Service

Fort Knox (Ky.); Korea; Germany; Vietnam

Highest Rank

Lieutenant Colonel; LTC

Prisoner of War


Service Related Injury





Legion of Merit; Bronze Star; Air Medal; Meritorious Service Medal; Joint Services Commendation Medal; Army Commendation Medal


See video for details.


Served as Platoon leader and Company executive officer patrolling the East German border during the Cold War in the 3rd Armored Cavalry; Served as Regimental adjutant in the 14th Armored Cavalry Regiment on the East German border; served as company commander- 34th armored; served as adjutant- 40th armored in Korea; Assistant adjutant General- 1st Infantry Division Vietnam; served as Personal Officer Army Material Command; Served as Staff Officer- office of Personnel Operation Department of the Army; Served as Secretary to the Joint Staff, US Military Mission to Turkey. Engaged in battles in Vietnam War (1966, 1969-1970). Awarded Legion of Merit twice, Meritorious Service Medal four times.

City of Birth

San Jose

Country of Birth

United States


Fuerst, Agnes; Kontos, Alex

Interview Date


Location of Interview

Community Center 500 Village Pl, Longwood, FL 3277.


Dorsey, Dennis J.; 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


Fuerst, Agnes; Kontos, Alex

Length of Interview

46 Minutes


Department of History, University of Central Florida


Video; MovingImage


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University of Central Florida Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives

Contributing Project

UCF Community Veterans History Project

Document Type