Oral History interview of Joel Briggs. Interview conducted by Kevin Carpinone at the Leesburg Library in Leesburg, FL.
0:43 Birth place and date; 0:49 Moving to Miami; 1:09 Watching Miami grow; 1:39 Siblings; 2:25 Thoughts on U.S. involvement in Korea; 4:03 Decision to join the Army; 4:45 Family history with military; 5:25 Family thoughts on joining the Army; 6:00 Enlisting in the Army; 6:33 Basic Training; 7:15 Benefits of joining the military; 8:08 Basic Training routine; 9:10 Job in the Army; 10:15 Assignment in Korea; 11:13 Volunteered for second term; 11:35 Learning Korean and being a linguist; 12:12 Traveling to Korea; 12:53 Impressions of Korea; 15:08 Jobs on different tours; 16:45 Touring Korea when on free time; 18:00 Teaching English to Korean kids; 18:43 Korean food; 19:25 Korean culture; 20:00 Contrasts of Japan and Korea; 20:50 Duties while stationed in Georgia; 22:20 Communicating with family and friends while in Korea; 23:39 Learning Korean; 24:53 Korean burial customs; 25:24 People who weren't accustomed to poverty disliked Korea; 26:00 Acting as an interpreter; 28:10 Extracurricular activities while in Korea; 29:21 Interacting with the villagers around the base; 31:13 Leaving the service; 31:45 Reaction from the public while in the service; 32:50 Jobs held since leaving the military; 34:35 Influence the military had in getting a job; 35:30 Advice for prospective service members; 38:35 Police reserves and experience; 39:30 Conclusion.
Date of Birth
Place of Birth
White - Non Hispanic
War or Conflict
Begin/End date of Service - 1st
Entrance into Service
Branch of Service
Location of Service
Staff Sergeant; SSG
Prisoner of War
Service Related Injury
Heavy Equipment- Road Building
City of Birth
Country of Birth
Location of Interview
Leesburg Library in Leesburg, FL.
Briggs, Joel B.; Korean War, 1950-1953 -- 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
Length of Interview
Department of History, University of Central Florida
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Joel, Briggs B., "Briggs, Joel B. interview" (2016). Veterans Oral Histories. 454.