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Description

Oral history interview with Henry Pruitt. Interview conducted by Karen Kelly in Orlando, Florida on the 26th of April 2017.

Log

0:27 Birthplace, growing up, siblings, parents occupation, farm life; 1:19 Growing up with a big family, family in the military; 1:44 Education, Cold war at the time: Cuban Missile Crisis, why the military; 2:50 Why the Navy, family's in specific branches, families reaction; 3:38 Boot Camp in San Diego, what it was like, adjusting to military life; 4:44 Moments that stood out during training, moved to band; 5:34 Not a lot of free time, mostly chores, free time when moved to band; 6:31 Graduation, advance training for jet mechanic; 7:22 Advance vs basic training, average day like in advance training, classes; 8:42 Length of training, first station in Beeville, TX with the VT-24; 9:10 B-school for more advance jet training, volunteered to go Vietnam; 9:44 Why volunteer to go to Vietnam, went to Japan instead, reactions; 10:42 Culture shock, assignment in Japan with VQ-1, became an air crewman; 11:25 Type of aircraft he worked on, average day like, working with Apollo rocket; 12:31 Entertainment, staying in contact with my family, length in Japan; 13:21 Back to school in Memphis, VAQ-123 in Alameda, CA; 13:40 Stationed to Adak, AL in 1976, before then in Brunswick, ME with VP Squad; 14:02 Living in Alaska, returning to USA from Japan; 15:19 Back to Japan, working with Japanese air craft Carrier repair inspector; 15:49 Camaraderie; 16:38 Living off base and traveling over Japan; 17:22 Returning the U.S., Married, got out for a couple of months, Alaska; 17:59 Brunswick to Spain to Bermuda, time in Spain and culture shock; 20:20 Stationed in Maine as a jet mechanic with P-3s, family, weather; 20:58 Memorable moments in the service; 21:38 Staying in contact with family; 22:03 Humorous events during his service, monsoons in Japan; 23:27 Medals, awards, and citations; 23:52 Visiting in and out of Vietnam while in Japan with VQ-1, experience there; 25:02 Reactions to Vietnam War while service, mostly back at home; 26:50 Story of a friend with a violent Vietnam protester, being at home; 27:00 What military was like when first joining vs after wards; 27:39 Looking back at his career, time in the Navy, last day; 28:50 Influenced to leave the Navy, too political; 29:29 Staying in contact with some servicemen, readjusting to civil life; 29:47 Working with IBM, plans for after the service originally; 30:39 Experience in the military helped while a civilian; 31:40 Final thoughts on the military and society today; 32:32 Experience in the military affected him as a youth; 34:07 Changes in the military, politically focus; 35:01 Advice to young people wanting to join the Navy; 35:55 Ending the interview.

Date of Birth

1945-03-04

Place of Birth

Atlanta (Tex.)

Gender

Male

Race

Black or African American

Home State

Texas

War or Conflict

Vietnam Era

Status

Veteran

Begin/End date of Service - 1st

1962-05-29

1982-06-30

Entrance into Service

Enlisted

Branch of Service

U.S. Navy

Unit of Service

VT-24, VQ-1, VAQ-64, COMFAIRWESTPAC, AMD NAS Adak, VP-24, COMFAIRWESTPAC

Location of Service

Beeville (Tex.); Atsugi (Japan); Alameda (Calif.); Adak (Alaska); Brunswick (Me.)

Highest Rank

ADJ-1; Aviation Machinist's Mate (Jet Engine Mechanic) Petty Officer 1st Class

Prisoner of War

No

Service Related Injury

No

Battles

None

Medals

National Defense Service Medal; Vietnam Service Medal; Vietnam Campaign Medal; Meritorious Unit Citation; Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal; Navy Unit Commendation Medal; Good Conduct Medal; Air Medal; Sea Service Deployment Ribbon

Achievements

See video for details.

Note

Not applicable

City of Birth

Atlanta

Country of Birth

United States

Interviewer

Kelly, Karen

Interview Date

Spring 4-26-2017

Location of Interview

Orlando, FL.

Subjects

Pruitt, Henry; Vietnam War, 1961-1975 -- Personal Narratives; United States. Navy

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.

Transcript

Available

Contributor Affiliation / Organization

RICHES; University of Central Florida

Contributors

Kelly, Karen

Length of Interview

36 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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