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Oral History interview of Donald Lynch. Interview conducted by Sarah Schneider at Lake County, Florida.


0:33 Birthplace and date; 0:45 Fathers occupation; 1:05 Siblings and siblings in the military; 1:30 Education before the military and entry into the military; 2:36 Job in the Navy; 2:55 Conducting semi-annual checks on aircraft; 3:25 Discharge from the Navy and getting drafted into Army; 4:10 Reaction to draft letter; 4:45 Locations stationed at in the Navy and Army; 5:00 Supply sergeant training and job; 5:40 Army basic training; 6:20 Stationed in Ft. Laughton Washington and travelling by train; 7:35 Going home with lady who worked at train station; 8:35 Meets a girl on the train, stays with her family before reporting; 9:15 Gets sent to Japan by boat, works as supply sergeant; 10:30 Getting sent to Korea and moving to the front lines; 11:58 Chaos at his new platoon, taking a hill; 15:30 Never got a medal for his actions taking the hill; 16:00 Hit by a mine while on patrol; 16:25 Attack by the Chinese; 18:00 Attack by bayonet; 19:15 Going to the aid station to take care of a wound; 20:25 Mistaken as a deserter; 20:45 Assigned to a regular supply sergeant duty; 21:05 Conscientious Objectors and not doing guard duty; 22:30 Getting promoted to Staff Sergeant; 23:15 Medical company and its operations; 24:50 Men waiting for prostitutes; 26:30 Korean child washing laundry; 27:00 Having a dog in Korea; 27:55 Tekel-Li and fishing with concussion grenades; 30:10 Eating Korean food; 30:50 Getting promoted and then losing it; 32:20 Returning home and leaving the military; 35:35 Discussing marriage with the girl he met on the train, decides against it; 36:00 Parent's reaction to returning home; 36:30 Losing military stuff and letters; 36:50 Working after the military; 38:10 Works as a surveyor, moves to Florida; 39:05 Working on the Florida Turnpike; 40:00 Stays in Florida, gets job with another engineering company; 40:20 Getting a job with the railroad company; 40:40 Staying in contact with service members; 45:15 Sergeant hides a prostitute, gets caught; 47:30 Veterans organizations; 48:15 Why some soldiers are classified as MIA; 51:50 What the Korean War Veterans organization does; 53:10 Being married; 53:50 Thank you and Conclusion.

Date of Birth


Place of Birth

Washington (D.C.)




White - Non Hispanic

Home State


War or Conflict

Korean Conflict



Begin/End date of Service - 1st



Video; MovingImage


Entrance into Service


Branch of Service

U.S. Army

Unit of Service

Naval Air Reserve Training Unit (NARTU). U.S. Navy. 12 June 1949 to 18, February 1952. U.S. Army. February 19, 1952 to November 23, 1953. 45th Infantry Division, 179th Infantry Regiment, "K" Company Korea. 45th Infantry Division, Clearing Company, 120th Medical Battalion.

Location of Service

Anacostia (Washington, D.C.); Korea

Highest Rank

Staff Sergeant; SSG

Prisoner of War


Service Related Injury





Good Conduct Medal; Korean Service Medal; United Nations Service Medal for Korea for Korea; Korean Presidential Unit Citation


Combat infantryman; Unit Supply Sargent


Was wounded twice but no record of it. Was recommended for 3 bronze Stars received none. No Purple heart. Was in battles in Korea and Main Line of Resistance (MLR) Hill 812.

City of Birth


Country of Birth

United States


Schneider, Sarah

Interview Date

Fall 11-5-2015

Location of Interview

Lake County, FL.


Lynch, Donald J.; 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

55 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

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