Oral History interview of Don Reynolds. Interview conducted by Tyler Campbell in Colbourn Hall, University of Central Florida.
0:01 Introduction; 0:23 Hometown and parents; 1:49 Siblings; 2:12 Childhood; 3:47 Reasons for joining the military; 6:13 Enlisting and initial training; 7:49 Additional training and USS Yorktown; 9:50 Living on a boat versus on the land; 11:06 Living conditions on the USS Yorktown; 12:46 Destinations of USS Yorktown; 14:48 Memorable experiences at sea; 20:42 Typical day at sea; 24:12 Free time on the ship; 25:43 Training during break for later jobs; 26:31 Leaving the Navy; 26:51 Cartographer at the Arkansas Highway Department; 27:09 College experience and various jobs; 28:45 Graduating from college; 29:18 Experience with degree post-college; 29:44 Receiving the National Endowment grant for art in Little Rock, Arkansas; 31:07 Artwork at various campuses; 32:28 Moving to Florida; 32:48 Plans for building a boat; 33:30 Building the boat and sailing across the globe; 33:54 Three years in Italy and marble sculpting; 34:18 Designing the veterans commemorative sculpture at the University of Cent; 35:08 Life in Italy; 37:16 Collaborating with Italian sculptor; 48:09 Military impact on post-service career; 51:29 Contact with former veterans; 54:58 Veterans Commemorative Ceremony; 55:24 Advice on joining the military; 56:10 Closing remarks.
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
Crash Crew; V-1 Division; 7th Fleet; USS Yorktown CVS-10
Location of Service
California; Hawaii; Japan; Philippines; South China Sea; Hong Kong; Tonkin, Gulf of; Vietnam
Prisoner of War
Service Related Injury
See video for details.
City of Birth
Country of Birth
Location of Interview
Colbourn Hall, University of Central Florida
Reynolds, Don; 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, "Reynolds, Don interview" (2017). Veterans Oral Histories. 565.