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Oral History interview of Richard Zender. Interview conducted by Sarah Schneider at Lake County, Florida.


0:33 Birthplace and date; 1:00 Quit school and went to work; 1:45 Training in the military; 2:05 Sent to Korea and first night; 3:40 Attached to new company; 4:00 Showing pictures taken in Korea; 6:40 Picking up a tank after the ceasefire, didn't trust the enemy; 7:25 Guarding Seoul and spies; 8:40 Moved to airbase K16, friendly fire; 10:30 Sent to the 38th Parallel to create radar site on island in yellow sea; 12:30 Returned to K16, working at headquarters; 13:00 Offered to stay in Korea, but went home; 13:30 Reserves after active duty, activated for Cuban Crisis and Berlin; 15:00 Situation in Berlin; 15:45 Siblings and family in the service; 16:00 Parent's occupation; 17:05 Reaction to the Korean War and getting drafted; 17:55 Family reaction to getting drafted; 18:25 Communicating with family; 18:50 Basic training; 19:35 Played guitar in a band; 20:10 Travelling from the U.S. to Korea; 21:00 After the cease fire, working with the Air Force; 21:35 Meeting his wife and having a family in the Army; 24:05 Friends with other military families; 24:55 Finding North Korean refugees; 26:20 Korean woman who gives out medals with wire from the DMZ; 27:15 State of Korea after the war; 28:00 Storage of pictures and gear from Korea; 29:00 Sells home in Ohio, moves to Florida, reason for moving; 30:15 Relationship with fellow soldiers; 30:55 Getting attacked during night; 32:10 Interaction with locals, support by the locals; 33:45 Thoughts on the war, China exits war; 35:10 Experiences during the Korean War and the Korean people; 36:15 Going back to Korea; 37:30 Community reaction to returning from Korea; 37:55 Contemplated staying in the Army; 39:40 Staying in contact with service members; 40:15 Veterans organizations and duties; 41:25 Awards and medals; 43:25 After getting out of the reserves; 43:40 Playing in a band with family; 44:20 Losing contact with friends and wife gets sick; 47:20 Keeping busy; 48:10 Conclusion.

Date of Birth


Place of Birth

Marion (Ind.)





Home State


War or Conflict

Korean Conflict



Begin/End date of Service - 1st



Entrance into Service


Branch of Service

U.S. Army

Unit of Service

840th Combat engineers attached to the Air Force

Location of Service

Seoul (Korea)

Highest Rank

Staff Sergeant; SSG

Prisoner of War


Service Related Injury





Bronze Star


Carpenter School; Special Category of the Army With the Air Force (SCARWAF); Dispatching. Awarded six medals and three Bronze Stars.


"Two discharges in 1960 and then enlisted in reserves and then was reactivated and had to go into service again during Berlin Crisis and Cuban Missile Crisis. Went back to school for CBR, Communications Chief for the battalion, got out again in 1964." - The Veteran.

City of Birth


Country of Birth

United States


Schneider, Sarah

Interview Date

Fall 12-4-2015

Location of Interview

Lake County, FL.


Zender, Richard; Korean War, 1950-1953 -- 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


Schneider, Sarah

Length of Interview

49 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