Oral History interview of Mike Gracey. Interview conducted by Jolly, Sarah and Hartley, Brian at Lockheed Martin, Sand Lake Road in Orlando, Florida.
0:30 Personal Details; 1:20 Why he joined the Army; 2:13 Life before military; 3:00 Basic training/Ft. Carson; 4:45 Basic training instructors; 5:45 Difficult obstacle during basic; 6:30 On base shenanigans; 7:12 On base duties; 7:45 Social life; 8:45 Advanced training; 9:35 First assignment; 10:18 Fort Carson first impressions; 11:09 Daily life at Ft. Carson; 11:55 Job preparedness out of training; 12:30 Equipment on base; 13:30 The food; 13:50 Life on base; 16:05 Relationships at Ft. Carson; 16:50 Reintegration to civilian life; 18:20 Post military education; 19:20 Still in touch with army friends? 21:35 Job at Lockheed Martin; 22:35 Lessons Learned from Military; 23:53 Wisdom to pass on; 25:08 Miscellaneous (things worth saying that weren't questions asked).
Date of Birth
Place of Birth
Parris Island (S.C.)
White - Non Hispanic
War or Conflict
Begin/End date of Service - 1st
Entrance into Service
Branch of Service
Unit of Service
4th of the 4th Infantry Division
Prisoner of War
Service Related Injury
See video for details.
City of Birth
Country of Birth
Jolly, Sarah; Hartley, Brian
Location of Interview
Lockheed Martin, Sand Lake Road, Orlando, FL.
Gracey, Mike; Vietnam War, 1961-1975 -- Personal Narratives; United States. Army
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
Jolly, Sarah; Hartley, Brian
Length of Interview
Department of History, University of Central Florida
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Mike, Gracey, "Gracey, Mike interview" (2014). Veterans Oral Histories. 416.