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Oral history interview of Mr. Joseph Delgado. Interview conducted by Adam Rock at the University of Central Florida in Orlando, Florida on 05/03/2018.


0:01 Introduction; 0:30 Childhood and family; 1:05 Parent's occupation; 1:33 Education and athleticism; 2:55 Family in the military; 3:33 Employment and time before the military; 4:20 Reaction to being drafted; 5:13 Family's reaction to him being drafted; 6:06 MOS and military education; 7:15 Basic Training and racial prejudice; 8:40 Relationship with Sgt. Norton and other servicemen; 11:13 Time in Fort Leavenworth/ Fort Leonard Wood; 12:50 First impression of Vietnam; 14:20 Interacting with locals; 15:45 Communicating home; 17:50 Death and dying/ trauma; 19:45 Average day in Vietnam; 20:05 Incident in Vietnam bunker/ Combat; 24:45 Reaction to death rates and situations in Vietnam; 27:20 R&R and being AWOL; 30:00 Most memorable experience; 32:40 Being back from the military/ PTSD; 33:50 Copping with drugs and alcohol/ Cultural fights; 36:50 Awards and commendations; 37:50 Differences between locations; Cambodia and Vietnam; 40:50 Deploying from a helicopter; 42:40 Length of stay in Vietnam and coming home; 43:49 Coming back to the U.S. and trying to forget time in Vietnam/ Starting a Fa; 48:10 Getting back in touch with his family after the military and adjusting; 52:50 Reporting back to his job and getting an education through his job; 57:45 Trying to go back into military and deciding not to; 58:20 Feelings on American involvement in Vietnam War; 1:01:35 Feelings on the end of the draft; 1:02:15 Receiving awards from NYC Mayor and NY Governor; 1:03:50 Visiting the Vietnam Memorial in Washington D.C.; 1:06:30 Men who choose to or not to deal with the war; 1:08:00 Closeness to Veterans/ Familial bond; 1:09:50 Remaining in contact with veterans; 1:10:45 Conclusion.

Date of Birth


Place of Birth

New York (N.Y.)




White - Hispanic

Home State

New York

War or Conflict

Vietnam Era



Begin/End date of Service - 1st



Entrance into Service


Branch of Service

U.S. Army

Unit of Service

1st CAV

Location of Service

Pacific Ocean; Atlantic Ocean

Highest Rank

Specialist; SPC

Prisoner of War


Service Related Injury



Cambodian Campaign


Bronze Star; Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross


The veteran is a Combat Engineer and performs demolition tasks.


The veteran was in in 4 Battles, including Cambodia. Was awarded 4 Bronze Stars. Also received awards from NY Governor and NYC Mayor.

City of Birth

New York

Country of Birth



Rock, Adam

Interview Date

Spring 5-1-2018

Location of Interview

University of Central Florida


Delgado, Joseph; Vietnam War, 1961-1975 -- 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


Rock, Adam

Length of Interview

72 Minutes


Department of History, University of Central Florida


Video; MovingImage


All rights are held by the respective holding institution. This material is posted publicly for non-profit educational uses, excluding printed publication. For permission to reproduce and/or for copyright information contact Special Collections and University Archives, University of Central Florida Libraries, (407) 823-2576. http://library.ucf.edu/about/departments/special-collections-university-archives/


University of Central Florida Libraries, Special Collections & University Archives

Contributing Project

UCF Community Veterans History Project

Document Type