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Oral history interview with Jose Colon. Interview conducted by Andrew Ortiz in Casselberry, Florida on April 11, 2017.


0:32 Birthplace, growing up, siblings; 1:36 Parents occupation, childhood; 3:07 Family in the service, education before enlisting; 4:32 Reason for joining the military, families reaction to enlisting; 5:40 Basic training, training alone, experiences during training; 7:56 Moment that stood out in basic; 10:17 Graduation, going to school, first assignment, getting into an office; 13:43 Location of headquarters; 14:57 Next assignment and station; 16:52 Ranking in 1943, promotion, what a Sergeant Major does and what he did; 19:18 Time at Losey Field, Jamaica Base Command, Army Reserves recruiter; 24:58 Korean War begins and what he did in Puerto Rico, Court Martials of 65th; 29:05 Being present about mustache shaving scandal, conditions 65th went thru; 33:05 Colonel Cordero Davila and controversy; 36:19 Colonel Harris, pushing through Korea, book about 65th; 39:35 Famous bayonet charge of 65th, MacArthur's quote 65th; 40:50 65th helping Marines retreating from Chosin Reservoir; 42:16 65th being pushed to the limit by Colonel Davila, 65th conditions in Korea; 44:11 Court martials, higher ups released from command, attorney's opinion; 46:31 Eisenhower's son in 65th, promotion to Sergeant Major; 49:20 Integration with the 65th; 50:45 Signing of the armistice, headquarters destroyed by artillery shelling; 53:53 Ordered Korean to make a foxhole, headquarters in Kumhwa; 55:50 Borinqueneer engineer and his shower design; 58:01 Korean land, rats carrying the Hantavirus, ordering superior to M.A.S.H.; 1:02:25 Living conditions in Korea; 1:04:04 Picture he took that was refused publication; 1:05:57 Christmas treat and sitting ducks; 1:08:32 Time in Korea, returning to Puerto Rico after Korea; 1:11:45 Contemplating retiring, Lt. Colonel who helped him to avoid Vietnam; 1:15:40 Pause for break, staying in Puerto Rico with new assignment; 1:19:02 Helping a Sergeant get home and meeting his family years later; 1:22:16 Integration of the 65th in more detail; 1:25:20 Being in the 65th after integration, getting unwanted men; 1:29:12 Back to headquarters to officer's division, order he has saved; 1:30:55 Explaining MOS, orders that showed American culture at the time; 1:33:21 Orders proving Colonel Harris' book has false information; 1:35:04 Books that have been written about themselves and the 65th in general; 1:37:51 End of Interview.

Date of Birth


Place of Birth

Puerto Rico




White - Hispanic

Home State


War or Conflict

Korean Conflict



Begin/End date of Service - 1st



Entrance into Service


Branch of Service

U.S. Army

Unit of Service

65th Infantry Regiment

Location of Service

Puerto Rico; Korea; U.S.

Highest Rank

Master Sergeant; MSgt

Prisoner of War


Service Related Injury





Bronze Star Medal


See video for details.


Not applicable

City of Birth


Country of Birth

Puerto Rico


Ortiz, Andrew

Interview Date

Spring 4-11-2017

Location of Interview

Casselberry, FL.


Colon, Jose E.; 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


Ortiz, Andrew

Length of Interview

97 Minutes


Department of History, University of Central Florida


Video; MovingImage


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University of Central Florida Libraries, Special Collections & University Archives

Contributing Project

UCF Community Veterans History Project

Document Type