Oral History interview of Susan Duemling. Interview conducted by Young, Brittany at Orlando, FL.
0:23 Birthplace, Childhood; 1:02 Education, Early Jobs; 1:32 Life In Ithaca; 2:30 Parents; 3:44 Joining the Navy, Dispersing Clerk; 4:42 Cold War, Air Raid Drills, Communism; 5:50 Siblings; 6:01 Family Service; 6:36 Stationed Aboard Ship; 7:27 Family Reaction; 9:38 Why Join the Navy; 10:46 Boot Camp, Religious Petty Officer; 12:57 Drill Instructors; 13:50 Smoke Breaks; 14:37 Dispersing Clerk School; 15:33 USS Whysper (Norfolk), Personnel Support Detachment (Little Creek); 17:08 New Smyrna Beach, Navy Reserves; 18:12 Qualified In Everything; 19:31 Women Aboard Ship; 21:29 Sexual Harassment Experiences; 24:30 Garbage Barge; 26:26 Being Underway, Privacy Concerns; 28:09 Mission In the Indian Ocean; 30:28 Recreation Aboard Ship, Travel; 34:08 Shellback Initiation; 36:25 Correspondence; 37:11 Shipmates, Reunions; 38:06 Recreation (Continued); 38:46 Being Away From Home; 41:35 Being on Leave; 42:52 Unusual Days; 44:11 Work With Other Branches; 44:53 Work With Foreign Militaries; 45:45 Discharged, Operation Desert Storm (Chicago); 47:27 Last Day In the Navy, Weight Problems; 49:20 Life After the Navy; 51:01 Medals and Citations; 53:13 No Regrets; 53:24 Closing Comments; 54:21 End of Interview.
Date of Birth
Place of Birth
War or Conflict
Persian Gulf War
Begin/End date of Service - 1st
Entrance into Service
Branch of Service
Unit of Service
USS L Y Stear Submarine Tender
Location of Service
Norfolk (Va.); Indian Ocean; Nova Scotia; Charleston (S.C.); Philadelphia (Pa.); Bahrain
Petty Officer 1st Class; PO1
Prisoner of War
Expeditionary Medal; Sea Service Ribbon
Firefighting; team leader qualified.
"It was a different time; A lot of people did not want women on board - men had to change ways; Women had own separate lounge in sleeping quarters; USS Shenandoah had mixed gender lounge (berthing) - felt awkward. Much segregation between genders." - The Veteran.
City of Birth
Country of Birth
Location of Interview
Duemling, Susan H.; Persian Gulf War Era, 1990-2003 -- Personal Narratives; Women and the military -- United States; 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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Central Florida, RICHES of, "Duemling, Susan H. interview" (2016). Veterans Oral Histories. 489.