Oral history interview of Earl Lewis Denton. Interview conducted by Edmund Kallina at the SAIC in University of Central Florida Research Park.
0:51 Family; 2:05 Basic training; 5:17 Why the transition from Air Force to the Army; 7:52 OCS; 11:23 Travel to Korea; 13:40 Rank of assignment in Korea; 15:30 Pork Chop Hill; 18:20 Horrendous attack & lost Pork Chop Hill; 20:00 Retook it & lost it again & retook it; 23:39 Moved out and up to DMZ after war; 25:50 Adjusting after the war; 26:50 Part of UN division; 27:10 Ethiopian battalion; 29:16 Back to Fort Devons after Korea; 30:00 Becamegeneral’s aide; 30:30 Became Company commander; 35:51 Volunteered for Vietnam; 38:30 Worked in model simulation & training; 40:45 Relation to S. Vietnamese soldiers, civilians, officials; 44:50 Morale in Vietnam; 47:19Company combat experience between Korea and Vietnam; 50:27 General Marshall; 55:32 Returned home; 56:56 How military affected his life.
Date of Birth
Place of Birth
White - Non Hispanic
War or Conflict
Begin/End date of Service - 1st
Entrance into Service
Branch of Service
Unit of Service
7th Infantry Division, 31st Infantry Regiment, 3rd Battalion Coil
Location of Service
United States; Europe; East Asia; Middle East
Lieutenant Colonel; LTC
Prisoner of War
Service Related Injury
Pork Chop Hill
Silver Star Medal; Purple Heart; Legion of Merit; Legion of Merit; Air Medal; Air Medal; Army Achievement Medal
BN CO; CO CO; Platoon Leader
City of Birth
Country of Birth
Location of Interview
SAIC in University of Central Florida Research Park
Denton, Earl L.; 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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Central Florida, RICHES of, "Denton, Earle Lewis interview" (2010). Veterans Oral Histories. 5.