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Oral History interview of Raneata Lemke. Interview conducted by Thorp, Alex at University of Central Florida.


0:23 Birthplace; 0:34 Childhood; 1:10 Parents; 1:56 Moving; 2:37 Education; 3:27 Why Join the Coast Guard; 4:08 Family Reaction; 5:01 Boatman's Mate; 5:46 Electrician's Mate; 6:22 Non-Rate Assignment; 7:13 Basic Training; 11:28 Advanced Training; 14:59 California Patrols; 16:39 Electrician's Mate School; 19:01 Making Friends; 20:10 Divorce; 21:08 Coast Guard Sector Buffalo; 24:48 Temporary Assignment; 27:22 Work Aboard Ship; 29:13 Coast Guard Base Alameda; 32:01 Alaska, Promotion; 35:03 South America Patrol; 38:52 Southeast Asia Patrol; 41:23 Exploring; 45:35 Backtracking; 47:17 Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg; 49:18 Coast Guard Women; 52:04 St. Petersburg College; 52:48 Contract; 54:10 Leaving the Coast Guard; 59:38 Civilian Life; 1:01:39 Full-Time Student; 1:02:20 Plans for the Future; 1:03:32 Veterans Affairs; 1:04:18 Student Veterans of America; 1:04:57 Medals and Citations; 1:06:34 Southeast Asia Patrol (Continued); 1:08:39 Coast Guard Experience; 1:09:57 Closing Comments; 1:11:15 End of Interview.

Date of Birth


Place of Birth

Avon Park (Fla.)




White - Non Hispanic

Home State


War or Conflict

Operation Enduring Freedom, Afghanistan



Begin/End date of Service - 1st



Entrance into Service


Branch of Service

U.S. Coast Guard

Unit of Service

Oxnard, California. USCGC Blacktip. Buffalo, NY. Sector Buffalo. Alameda, CA. USCGC Morgenthau. St. Petersburg, FL. MAT St. Petersburg.

Location of Service

Oxnard (Calif.); Buffalo (N.Y.); Alameda (Calif.); St. Petersburg (Fla.)

Highest Rank


Prisoner of War


Service Related Injury





Letter of Commendation; Meritorious Team Commendation


"CARAT a patrol to south east Asia. ALPAC Alaska Barring sea. SOUTHPAC South America Patrol. There was a lot of highlights. I went to LA and San Diego a lot. There were a couple drug busts. I went through the Panama Canal. I saw Niagara falls while I was stationed in Buffalo. Nothing very exciting happened while I was in Florida, so I attended SPC a lot in my free time." – The Veteran.


"I was an electrician's mate and I worked with a lot of men. My favorite and worst times was being on the Morgenthau and being miserable with the friends I made. I went in the military directly after high school because i didn't want to go to college yet. The Coast Guard taught me how to be an adult because I would of definitely not learned it in Titusville FL. Now I am back at UCF doing it better than I would of 10 years ago. I think I had 13 or so Accommodation letters."- The Veteran. Won team

City of Birth

Avon Park

Country of Birth

United States


Thorp, Alex

Interview Date

Fall 11-16-2016

Location of Interview

University of Central Florida


Lemke, Raneata; Afghanistan and Iraq Wars, 2001-present -- Personal Narratives; Women and the military -- United States; United States. Coast Guard

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


Thorp, Alex

Length of Interview

71 Minutes


Department of History, University of Central Florida


Video; MovingImage


All rights are held by the respective holding institution. This material is posted publicly for non-profit educational uses, excluding printed publication. For permission to reproduce and/or for copyright information contact Special Collections and University Archives, University of Central Florida Libraries, (407) 823-2576. http://library.ucf.edu/about/departments/special-collections-university-archives/


University of Central Florida Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives

Contributing Project

UCF Community Veterans History Project

Document Type