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Oral History interview of Merewyn Lyons. Interview conducted by Floyd, Amy at Veteran's Home in Orlando, FL.


0:01 Introduction; 1:36 Early Life; 1:52 Parent's Occupations; 2:11 Family; 2:22 Education before military service/ Graduate Education; 3:24 Pre-Military Education's impact on service; 4:05 Father's Military Service; 5:54 Decision Process regarding Commission in the Navy; 6:41 Preconceptions regarding military service/ Being a woman in the Service; 9:02 Officer Candidate School; 10:51 Motivation through Officer Candidate School; 15:01 Driving in Guantánamo Bay/ Day to Day Duties in Guantánamo Bay; 16:32 Women's Employment Opportunities in the Navy; 19:19 Comparison of Male to Female Career Opportunity; 22:49 Personal feelings regarding Naval Attitudes toward Women on Ships; 25:27 Problems of Remaining in Contact with fellow soldiers; 26:38 Overseas Deployment; 27:24 Day to Day Life in Guantánamo Bay; 30:51 Most Memorable Experience in Guantánamo Bay/ Haitian Refugees; 38:37 Contact with Civilians; 40:38 Surprising Aspects of Military Service/ Transitioning to Military Service; 42:56 Problems of Recreation Services/ Theft and Incorrect Usage of Funds; 46:49 Being Fearful in the Military; 47:19 Subordinates Mobilized to Bahrain during Desert Storm; 48:29 Remaining in Contact with Family Members while deployed; 50:37 Recreation in Guantánamo Bay; 53:07 Travel on Leave while in Guantánamo Bay; 55:16 Food in Guantánamo Bay; 56:27 Differences in Uniforms between Men and Women; 57:18 Meeting her husband while the veteran was in the military; 58:13 The Veteran's Children; 58:36 Being a Mother and Wife while in the Military; 59:30 Retirement/ Medals Received; 1:00:32 Last Day in Service; 1:01:14 Transitioning to Civilian Life after Military Service; 1:02:30 Education After Military Service/ Employment After Service; 1:04:50 Career After Military Service; 1:07:17 Military Service's Impact on Career; 1:09:41 Impact of Reservist's Deployment in Desert Storm; 1:12:16 Impact of Deployment on Mothers; 1:13:30 Reflection about Women's Military Service and Personal Feelings about its value; 1:14:48 Conclusion.

Date of Birth


Place of Birth

Charleston (W. Va.)




White - Non Hispanic

Home State

West Virginia

War or Conflict

Persian Gulf War



Begin/End date of Service - 1st



Video; MovingImage


Entrance into Service


Branch of Service

U.S. Navy

Unit of Service

U.S Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba; Navy Regional Data Automation Center; Naval Security Group Activity Northwest; Naval Surface Reserve Force; Navy and Marine Corps Reserve Center, Omaha; Bureau of Naval Personnel

Location of Service

Guantánamo Bay (Cuba)

Highest Rank

Lieutenant Commander; LCDR

Prisoner of War


Service Related Injury





Navy Achievement Medal; Navy Commendation Medal; Overseas Service Ribbon; Marksmanship Ribbon (Sharpshooter)


Recreation Services Officer, GTMO; Computer Operations and Communications Security Officer; Signals Security Officer; Commanding Officer, Reserve Programs Officer


"I was retired under the Temporary Early Retirement Authority that was enacted by the Navy right after the Berlin Wall fell. Many officers who were tenured were retired early then. The Navy assumed that the world would be in a state of eternal peace after the Soviet Union fell apart, and not as many officers would be needed anymore." -The Veteran.

City of Birth


Country of Birth

United States


Floyd, Amy

Interview Date


Location of Interview

Veteran's Home in Orlando, FL.


Lyons, Merewyn E.; Persian Gulf War Era, 1990-2003 -- Personal Narratives; Women and the military -- United States; 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


Floyd, Amy

Length of Interview

76 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