Oral History interview of Rebecca Brown. Interview conducted by John Grande at Colbourn Hall, University of Central Florida.
0:01 Introduction; 0:25 Place of birth; 0:35 Occupation of parents; 0:47 Size of family; 0:56 Description of childhood; 1:54 Description of education; 2:19 Motivations to join the military; 3:23 Motivations in choosing the U.S. Army; 4:15 Experiences in recruitment; 6:03 Description of when Basic Training began; 6:25 Family's reaction to Army enlistment, further motivations for joining; 7:31 Ambitions for career within the Army; 8:26 Location, date and description of Basic Training; 14:56 Description of experience with Drill Sergeants; 20:20 Peculiarities of male supervision; 21:41 Graduation from Basic Training; 23:36 Transfer to Colorado; 25:50 Training for photography; 28:47 Description of life at Lowry Air Force Base; 30:10 Transfer to the Big Red One in Germany; 33:11 Responsibilities and tasks as Division Photographer; 37:12 Reconnaissance jobs; 41:04 Health problems from chemicals; 43:04 Gender issues in Army; 47:19 Description of most memorable flight; 50:33 Experiences at Dachau; 54:26 Recreational activities while in Germany; 56:43 Frequency of contact with family while deployed; 57:35 Funny incident of General spilling beer; 58:59 Discharge from the Army; 59:26 Description of debriefing process at Fort Huachuca; 1:02:27 Medals, problems in getting official acknowledgment; 1:04:51 Transition to civilian life; 1:06:39 Contact with people in the Army; 1:07:16 Description of what could have been done differently; 1:08:44 Description of how the Army met expectations upon enlistment; 1:09:47 Further motivations for enlisting; 1:13:16 Becoming VFW Commander in California; 1:14:50 Priorities as VFW Commander; 1:19:04 Closing words; 1:19:20 End of interview.
Date of Birth
Place of Birth
White - Non Hispanic
War or Conflict
Cold War Era
Begin/End date of Service - 1st
Entrance into Service
Branch of Service
Unit of Service
1st Infantry Division "Big Red One"
Location of Service
Prisoner of War
Service Related Injury
Battle of Lebanon; Battle for San Salvador; Battle of Berlin
The veteran served as a female Combat Photographer.
City of Birth
Country of Birth
Location of Interview
Colbourn Hall, University of Central Florida
Brown, Rebecca; Cold War -- Personal Narratives; Women and the military -- United States; 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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Rebecca, Brown, "Brown, Rebecca interview" (2017). Veterans Oral Histories. 575.