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Oral history interview with Diana Goodman. Interview conducted by Karen Kelly in Orlando, Florida on June 19, 2017.


0:29 Birth place and date, growing up, family; 0:57 Mom's occupation, family in the military, education before service; 1:37 Influences joining the service and what branch, family advice; 2:37 Family in what branches, recruitment process, families reaction; 3:34 Boot camp, reactions, and typical day there; 4:20 Expectations, loving military life and boot camp, learning; 5:45 Surprises about moment of truth and experience with 'drugs'; 7:38 Family helped her prepare for the military, MOS, Drill Instructors; 9:02 Getting along with recruits, contact with family, advance training; 10:03 What advance training was like, humorous event during training; 12:11 First assignment in Norfolk, being there and ranks, silver dollars; 14:13 Techniques for military life, humorous pranks; 17:14 Halloween on the ship, the USS Santa Barbara; 18:34 Being on board, duty there, staying in contact with fellow Navy personal; 19:34 Entertainment while on and off the ship; 21:15 Surface warfare designation, what it takes and why she became one; 23:53 Reactions to the Gulf War, involvement while during Desert Shield; 26:11 Fly by over Santa Barbara, during Desert Storm; 29:22 Dealing with lose of fellow crew, service related injuries; 30:34 Staying in contact while at sea, being in the Red Sea and ports; 32:29 Culture shock in different countries, cite seeing; 35:26 Favorite place to visit, learning history while visiting; 40:29 Overseas while family was at home, being married to fellow serviceman; 41:53 Coming to Florida, being in Washington, D.C.; 43:26 Career in the Navy, leaving the Navy, medals and awards; 45:26 Memories from the Santa Barbara; 52:25 Returning home to the States, back at home, left the Navy; 54:19 Retiring for her family, readjusting to civilian life, getting a job; 56:51 Different laws in civilian life, styles of clothes; 58:23 School system for children, their dress code, conduct; 1:03:00 Orlando Police Department, teaching with inner city kids; 1:06:51 Keeping in contact with fellow crew, wedding; 1:07:59 Military spouse life, family life, trauma in the military, ex-husband; 1:11:41 Advice for military spouses; End of Interview.

Date of Birth


Place of Birth

Omaha (Neb.)




Black or African American

Home State


War or Conflict

Persian Gulf War



Begin/End date of Service - 1st



Video; MovingImage


Entrance into Service


Branch of Service

U.S. Navy

Unit of Service

USS Santa Barbara (AE-28)

Location of Service

Norfolk (Va.); Red Sea

Highest Rank

Personnelman Petty Officer 1st Class; PN1

Prisoner of War


Service Related Injury



Operation Desert Shield; Desert Storm


Navy Achievement Medal; Good Conduct Medal; Southwest Asia Service Medal; Kuwait Liberation Medal


Specialize in surface warfare.


Not applicable

City of Birth


Country of Birth

United States


Karen, Kelly

Interview Date

Summer 7-19-2017

Location of Interview

Orlando, FL.


Goodman, Diana C.; Persian Gulf War Era, 1990-2003 -- Personal Narratives; Women and the military -- United States; 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.

Contributor Affiliation / Organization

RICHES; University of Central Florida


Karen, Kelly

Length of Interview

73 Minutes


Department of History, University of Central Florida




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University of Central Florida Libraries, Special Collections & University Archives

Contributing Project

UCF Community Veterans History Project

Document Type