Oral History interview of James Wilkes. Interview conducted by Carlos Mercado at Colbourn Hall, University of Central Florida.
0:01 Introduction; 0:41 Early life and birth date; 2:24 Mention of father working with Eisenhower; 4:00 Growing up; 6:03 Reason for enlisting in the military; 7:02 First Army detachment; 8:28 Reenlistment for optical school Training; 9:00 First deployment to Vietnam; 9:52 Basic Training; 14:28 First Vietnam memory; 19:15 Description of job in Vietnam; 21:34 Daily life in Vietnam; 23:32 Description of the Sniper; 25:23 Incident with a friend; 27:14 Reason for deployment to Germany; 29:08 Deployment to Germany; 30:50 Reason for Bad times in Frankfurt; 32:15 Second Tour of Vietnam; 34:30 Best memories from both Tours of Vietnam; 38:14 Leaving the military and beginning of civilian life; 46:15 Injury suffered; 48:18 End of interview.
Date of Birth
Place of Birth
White - Non Hispanic
War or Conflict
Begin/End date of Service - 1st
Entrance into Service
Branch of Service
Unit of Service
25th Medical BTN, 25th Infantry Division
Location of Service
Củ Chi (Vietnam); Frankfurt (Germany); Denver (Colo.)
Prisoner of War
Service Related Injury
Served as Air Crew Gunner.
"The veteran was adopted." -- The interviewer.
City of Birth
Country of Birth
Location of Interview
Colbourn Hall, University of Central Florida
Wilkes, James; Vietnam War, 1961-1975 -- Personal Narratives; United States. Army
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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James, Wilkes, "Wilkes, James interview" (2017). Veterans Oral Histories. 556.