Oral History interview of Otis Windham. Interview conducted by Nolberto Garcia at Colbourn Hall, University of Central Florida.
0:01 Introduction; 1:26 School in Laurel, MS/ Life before Navy; 04:06 San Diego/ Boot Camp; 6:55 Last thought of Boot Camp; 8:22 Ships station on; 13:18 Military exercise; 15:21 Jobs/Duties oversea near Vietnam; 16:23 Liberty Leave; 16:49 Stateside; 18:00 Favorite location over sea; 21:56 Tech. writer; 26:53 Process of Petty Officer; 29:20 Favorite ship, location (before leaving Navy) and Golf; 32:43 Hobbies, Golf, Reader Digest, Writer; 36:19 Orlando and Jobs; 39:34 Downtime in Navy and writing books; 42:46 Cleveland Paine; 44:21 Son and Daughter life and Family in Navy; 45:42 Grandson in Air Force , Nephew and Grandchildren Life; 46:56 Brother, Sister-in-Law, and Nephew in the Navy; 47:36 No Re-Enlistment; 48:21 Thank You.
Date of Birth
Place of Birth
Black or African American
War or Conflict
Begin/End date of Service - 1st
Entrance into Service
Branch of Service
Unit of Service
USS Somerset; DDG-34; LCC19 (USS Blue Ridge); DDG-5 (Clawed Ricchts)
Location of Service
Long Beach (Calif.); San Diego (Calif.); Norfolk (Va.); Vietnam
Petty Officer 1st Class; PO1
Prisoner of War
Service Related Injury
Vietnam Service Medal; Good Conduct Medal
Fire Control Technician (Missile Fire)
City of Birth
Country of Birth
Location of Interview
Colbourn Hall, University of Central Florida
Windham, Otis; Vietnam War, 1961-1975 -- Personal Narratives; 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, "Windham, Otis interview" (2017). Veterans Oral Histories. 555.