Oral History interview of David Kopf. Interview conducted by Kelly, Karen at Veteran's Residence.
0:01 Start of Interview; 0:32 Birthplace; 0:50 Childhood in Boston, parents' occupation; 1:35 Life before army (college and deferment); 2:39 Family members in the military; 3:30 Family's reaction to him in the army; 3:50 Influence of religious background; 4:15 Thoughts on the draft; 4:40 Opinion of Korean War before being drafted; 5:25 Feelings before/during Basic Training, benefits of having a college degree; 6:35 Assumptions about the army before training, thoughts on class differences; 7:45 Basic Training and the Ordnance Corps; 8:40 Basic Training: learning to shoot and throw grenades; 9:20 Starting basic training a week before the armistice signing; 10:25 Thoughts on the difference between a draftee and a volunteer army; 11:15 Further training: nuclear weapons/electronics; 12:00 Hearing the stories of North Korean POWs; 12:40 Not getting "Q" clearance for nuclear training; 13:20 Job as company clerk; 14:18 Thoughts on moving a lot for the army; 15:00 Moving from East Coast to Texas; 15:20 Time at Red River Arsenal in Texas, promotion; 17:00 Free time; 17:25 Responsibilities of Ordnance Corps; 18:45 Leaving the army, transition to civilian life: grad school on the GI bill; 19:30 How the army effected his life; 20:10 After grad school: teaching in Scotland, work as economist in NY; 21:50 Changes in army during his life: Integration; 23:15 Changes in how civilians view the military.
Date of Birth
Place of Birth
War or Conflict
Begin/End date of Service - 1st
Entrance into Service
Branch of Service
Unit of Service
Location of Service
Texarkana (Tex.); Aberdeen (Fla.); New Jersey; Sandia bay (N.M.)
Prisoner of War
Service Related Injury
National Defense Service Medal
See video for details.
City of Birth
Country of Birth
Location of Interview
Kopf, David H.; 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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David, Kopf H., "Kopf, David H. interview" (2016). Veterans Oral Histories. 514.