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Description

Oral history interview of Mr. Rafael Donis-Lizardi. Interview conducted by Andrew Ortiz at the veteran’s home in Kissimmee, Florida on April 19, 2017.

Log

0:40 Biographical information; 1:40 Childhood in Puerto Rico; 2:10 Family in the Military; 2:36 Education before military; 2:52 Thoughts on Korean War at the time; 3:15 Being drafted from college; 4:15 Basic Training; 5:35 Graduation from Basic Training; 6:02 Reactions upon arrival in Korea; 6:25 Assignment with 65th Infantry in Korea; 6:50 Average day with personnel; 7:45 Reactions to China joining the war; 8:08 Operations in Korea; 9:02 Reactions to command being turned over to Col. DeGavre; 9:58 Medals earned in Korea; 10:52 National Guard Commendation Medal; 11:10 Assignment after Korea; 11:52 Reserves; 12:12 Assignment with National Guard; 13:00 Duty as Chief Warrant Officer; 13:20 Average day as Warrant Officer; 13:54 Length of Time with National Guard; 15:00 Last day in National Guard; 15:25 Readjustment to civilian life; 15:40 Plans after military service, college; 16:05 Congressional Gold Medal; 17:00 Reactions to Gold Medal; 17:25 Closing thoughts; 17:58 End of Interview.

Date of Birth

1930-05-02

Place of Birth

Caguas (P.R.)

Gender

Male

Race

White - Hispanic

Home State

NA

War or Conflict

Korean Conflict

Status

Veteran

Begin/End date of Service - 1st

1951-10-12

1972-09-26

Entrance into Service

Drafted

Branch of Service

U.S. Army

Unit of Service

Company L; 65th Infantry Regiment; Active and National Guard

Location of Service

Korea

Highest Rank

Chief Warrant Officer 2; CW2

Prisoner of War

No

Service Related Injury

No

Battles

Unspecified

Medals

Korean Service Medal; United Nations Service Medal; National Defense Service Medal; Combat Infantryman Badge; Congressional Gold Medal; Governor's Veterans Service Award; Puerto Rico National Guard Commendation Medal

Achievements

See video for details.

Note

Also received Commendation Letter and Certificate of Merit. "I am a Puerto Rican that served in Korea with the 65th Infantry Regiment, the Borinqueneers. We paid the citizenship with blood, I do not feel like a hero, I just did what it was need it to be done. And I thank God and the prayers of my mother, I was able to returned; and because of my brothers in Christ that were not able to make it. Now I am a soldier of Christ praying and spreading the good news of salvation. God bless America." - The veteran. He was awarded Korean Service Medal with 3 bronze stars. Also received Commendation Letter from 65th Infantry Regiment, Certificate of Merit from 92 Infantry Brigade PRANG.

City of Birth

Caguas

Country of Birth

Puerto Rico

Interviewer

Ortiz, Andrew

Interview Date

4-19-2017

Location of Interview

Kissimmee, FL.

Subjects

Donis-Lizardi, Rafael; Korean War, 1950-1953 -- Personal Narratives; United States. Army

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

Contributors

Ortiz, Andrew

Length of Interview

19 Minutes

Publisher

Department of History, University of Central Florida

Type

Video; MovingImage

Rights

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/

Repository

University of Central Florida Libraries, Special Collections & University Archives

Contributing Project

UCF Community Veterans History Project

Document Type

Interview

Semester

Spring


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