Oral history interview with Tracy Lovingood. Interview conducted by John Grande in Orlando, Florida on April 6, 2016.
0:24 Birthplace; 1:45 Parents; 2:05 Siblings; 2:20 Education; 2:36 September 11th; 6:58 Emotional Effects; 7:58 Family Service; 8:35 Why Join the Navy; 12:11 Family Reaction; 13:17 Delayed Entry Program (DEP); 14:05 Sonar Technician; 14:25 Military Entrance Processing (MEP); 16:05 Heading to Chicago; 16:54 Length of Boot Camp; 17:13 Arriving at the Training Depot; 19:30 Division Specifics; 22:02 Recruit Division Commanders; 23:16 Memories of Boot Camp; 24:02 Falling Asleep While Running; 25:38 Freezing Temperatures; 26:39 Boot Camp Graduation; 28:09 Weekend on Leave; 29:29 Advanced Training; 33:29 Thunderstorm; 39:06 Arriving In San Diego; 39:41 Typical Day Aboard Ship; 41:00 USS John Paul Jones; 43:59 Firefighting School; 47:12 Damage Control Petty Officer; 47:56 Sprained Ankle; 49:46 New Captain; 51:40 Navy Achievement Medal; 52:34 Torpedo Firemen School; 53:16 Deployment Length; 53:25 Correspondence; 54:26 Fellow Servicemen; 56:37 USS Decatur; 58:37 Sonar Work Center; 1:02:10 Leaving the Ship; 1:03:34 Visit From First Class; 1:04:20 Mentoring Junior Sailors; 1:05:54 Granted Leave; 1:06:57 Watching Homecomings; 1:08:00 Anti-Terrorism Training; 1:08:53 Missile Defense Agency; 01:09:18 Shellback Ceremony; 1:10:00 Splashed by Wave; 1:11:33 Discharged; 1:11:50 Last Day of Service; 1:13:06 Highest Rank Received; 1:13:12 Going Back to School; 1:13:45 Character and Morals; 1:15:02 Closing Comments; 1:15:45 End of Interview.
Date of Birth
Place of Birth
White - Non Hispanic
War or Conflict
Operation Enduring Freedom, Afghanistan
Begin/End date of Service - 1st
Entrance into Service
Branch of Service
Unit of Service
USS John Paul Jones; USS Decatur
Location of Service
San Diego (Calif.)
STG2; Sonar Technician (Surface) Petty Officer 2nd Class
Prisoner of War
Service Related Injury
Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal; National Defense Service Medal; Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal; Global War on Terrorism Service Medal; Navy Sea Service Deployment Ribbon; Navy Pistol Marksmanship Ribbon
See video for details.
City of Birth
Country of Birth
Location of Interview
Lovingood, Tracy R.; Afghanistan and Iraq Wars, 2001-present -- 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, "Lovingood, Tracy R. interview" (2017). Veterans Oral Histories. 535.