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Oral History interview of Maxwell Minch. Interview conducted by Bradfield, Daniel at Veteran's office- Downtown Orlando.


0:01 Introduction; 0:40 Early Life; 1:08 Family's Military Service; 2:38 Education before Service/ Delayed Entry Program; 3:56 Decision to join the Navy; 6:10 Family's reaction to Minch joining the Navy; 9:08 Basic Training; 13:09 Physical Fitness before Basic Training; 15:23 Views of NTC Orlando before Basic Training; 16:40 First Days in Service/ Veteran's opinion of positives in the Navy; 20:08 Personal Reflection on Training on NTC/ Physical Fitness; 21:55 Training Received at NTC Orlando; 24:30 Different responsibilities for different training schools/ Studying requirements for training schools; 28:00 Interactions with the Orlando Community/ Recreational Activities; 31:20 Decision to join the Nuclear Program/ Disillusionment with other Navy programs; 34:40 Navy Nuclear Power Training School in Ballston Spa, NY; 36:30 Difference in training between Ballston Spa and Orlando schools; 40:35 Living off base and the changing responsibilities associated with it; 41:22 Assignment to USS Pasadena; 42:30 Responsibilities on the ship; 43:30 Relaxation time while deployed; 45:00 Sleep rotation while on a nuclear submarine; 47:58 Reasons for lack of sleep/ Sleep and living conditions on a submarine; 50:31 Environmental conditions inside the nuclear submarine; 55:21 Length of Deployments and length of time underwater/ Food storage for long deployments; 59:31 Countries deployed to; 1:02:29 Deployments to Singapore and Malaysia; 1:05:28 Promotion and Demotion/ Driving under Influence conviction on base; 1:09:05 Effect of DUI on his views on Naval Career; 1:10:02 Effect of Demotion of career path and responsibilities; 1:14:07 Reasons for his decision to retire; 1:15:20 Disadvantages of being a single man in the Navy/ Decision to retire cont.; 1:18:23 Career following retirement from the military; 1:22:08 Decision to go to Law School; 1:23:55 Effect of Father's death on his decision/ Decision not to be an engineer; 1:29:22 Facebook networking with fellow sailors; 1:32:10 Advice to prospective soldiers; 1:33:45 Camaraderie among fellow sailors/ Ability to recognize other veterans; 1:35:30 Views of veterans who display their service overtly; 1:36:50 Career opportunities due to naval experiences; 1:38:25 Conclusion.

Date of Birth


Place of Birth

Coral Springs (Fla.)




White - Non Hispanic

Home State


War or Conflict

Post-Cold War Era



Begin/End date of Service - 1st



Entrance into Service


Branch of Service

U.S. Navy

Unit of Service


Location of Service

Orlando (Fla.); Ballston Spa (N.Y.); Hawaii; USS Pasadena; Singapore; Malaysia

Highest Rank

Petty Officer 2nd Class; PO2

Prisoner of War


Service Related Injury





Navy Achievement Medal; Sea Service Ribbon; Battle Effectiveness Award; National Defense Medal


Served as a Nuclear Reactor Operator on USS Pasadena.


Not applicable

City of Birth

Coral Springs

Country of Birth

United States


Bradfield, Daniel

Interview Date


Location of Interview

Veteran's office- Downtown Orlando.


Minch, Maxwell; Post Cold-War Era -- Personal Narratives; 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


Bradfield, Daniel

Length of Interview

90 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