Oral History interview of David Campbell. Interview conducted by Fulcher,Drew at Cocoa Beach, FL.
0:31 Birth and Early Life; 2:31 Education; 4:11 Joining the military; 4:46 Boot Camp; 4:15 Quartermaster school; 9:13 Assignment to Observation Island/Initial duties; 14:40 Typical Day on-board the Observation Island; 19:00 Visitors on the ship; 19:44 Russian trawlers wand missile testing; 21:50 View on US-Russian relations; 22:56 Relation with sailors on-board; 24:19 Free time; 25:10 Contact with family; 26:40 Other duties/experiences on-board; 29:20 Reserve experience; 30:58 End of service/Work after; 32:33 Influence of military after service; 34:20 Maintaining contact with service members/Reunion; 36:56 Reflection on service; 38:22 End.
Date of Birth
Place of Birth
Grand Rapids (Mich.)
White - Non Hispanic
War or Conflict
Begin/End date of Service - 1st
Entrance into Service
Branch of Service
Unit of Service
USS Observation Island AG-154
Location of Service
Port Canaveral (Fla.); Portsmouth (Va.); Pearl Harbor (Hawaii)
Quartermaster 1st Class Petty Officer; QM1
Prisoner of War
Service Related Injury
National Defense Service Medal; Navy Good Conduct Medal; Navy Unit Commendation
See video for details.
"Lost student deferment as sophomore at Ohio State University. Received notice for physical in May, 1967 and enlisted in US Navy. Upon completion of active duty, I served in the active Naval Reserve until 9 May, 1974. I was promoted to QM1 while in the reserves. During that time, I returned to college and earned degrees in accounting and finance. From June, 1974, I worked on the Financial Staff for General Motors until I retired in 2008." – The Veteran.
City of Birth
Country of Birth
Location of Interview
Cocoa Beach, FL.
Campbell, David L.; Vietnam War, 1961-1975 -- Personal Narratives; United States. Navy
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
Length of Interview
Department of History, University of Central Florida
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UCF Community Veterans History Project
David, Campbell L., "Campbell, David L. interview" (2016). Veterans Oral Histories. 451.