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Oral History interview of Bill Reinhardt. Interview conducted by Bradfield, Daniel at University of Central Florida Library in Orlando, FL.


0:01 Introduction; 0:30 Early Life and Family Occupation as Ministers; 0:59 Family and own experiences during World War II; 4:42 Family's Military Service; 5:17 Education before Military Service; 6:15 Reason for Joining the National Guard; 7:22 Way that Chaplains are assigned to their units after joining the service; 8:28 Financial Reasons for Joining the National Guard/ Requirements for National Guard Chaplains Program; 10:03 Joining the Ohio National Guard; 10:39 Value of 'Calls' in the Lutheran Church; 11:09 Chronology of Military Service/ Officer Slots Opening's effect on service; 12:28 Chaplaincy School/ Chaplain Training Requirements; 14:40 Day to Day work of a Chaplain compared to a Minister/ Responsibilities of a Chaplain; 23:05 Chaplaincy Training School; 24:52 Instructors of Chaplaincy Training Schools/ Coursework; 28:22 Moving to Ohio/ Chronology of National Guard Services; 29:42 National Guard's Impact on Family Life; 30:51 Other Faith's Chaplains in the US Army; 31:19 Unit's Deployment to Kent State for University Riots; 33:21 Day of the Demonstration and the Shooting; 34:31 Assessment of the Unit's Disposition for Policing; 35:14 Veteran's Assessment of Dissidents in the crowd; 35:55 Veteran's Assessment of the Soldiers firing on the crowd; 37:16 Personal Role in the Unit's shooting; 37:48 Veteran's Discussion of Journalist's possession of a firearm; 38:29 Chaplain's Role continued; 40:41 Veterans' Opinion regarding the composition of the protester group; 42:19 Veterans' views on the effect of rioting on the National Guard Unit/ Rioting in Ohio during the time; 44:12 Units' Role during the Trucker's Strike in Ohio; 45:39 Subsequent Military Service following Ohio National Guard; 48:50 Effect of long-term service on Reservists' Career; 49:42 Associates who served in Vietnam/ Effect of service on their lives; 51:42 PTSD in Chaplain corps; 52:52 Meeting his Second Wife; 53:32 Promotion in National Guard unit/ Retirement and the VA hospital; 55:57 Effect of "TRI CARE for life" on life; 56:43 Veteran's Contact with Veterans' organizations; 58:16 Work following retirement from the National Guard; 59:26 Life at Lutheran Haven Retirement Community; 1:00:27 Reason for Retirement from Preaching/ Views regarding driving at his age; 1:02:02 Volunteering in Retirement; 1:03:23 Assessment of his own career/ Views about the role of a pastor; 1:05:13 Conclusion.

Date of Birth


Place of Birth

New Orleans (La.)




White - Non Hispanic

Home State


War or Conflict

Cold War Era



Begin/End date of Service - 1st



Video; MovingImage


Entrance into Service


Branch of Service

U.S. Army National Guard

Unit of Service

Ohio National Guard at Kent State

Location of Service

Savannah (Ga.); New Orleans (La.); Cleveland (Ohio); Chicago (Ill.)

Highest Rank

Colonel; COL

Prisoner of War


Service Related Injury







See video for details.


Not applicable

City of Birth

New Orleans

Country of Birth

United States


Bradfield, Daniel

Interview Date


Location of Interview

University of Central Florida Library in Orlando, FL.


Reinhardt, Bill B.; Cold War -- Personal Narratives; Military chaplains; United States. Army National Guard

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


Bradfield, Daniel

Length of Interview

65 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