Oral history interview of Alzo J. Reddick Sr. Interview conducted by Edmund Kallina at University of Central Florida Soldiers to Scholars Office.
0:20 Basic info; 0:40 Family/Orlando; 1:30 Education; 2:20 Joined army; 3:40 Family. education, & professions; 9:00 His education; 10:30 Job limitations with BQ; 12:20 Entering the military; 13:41 Basic; 14:30 Denied OCS; 16:00 Served in infantry; 20:00 Discusses similarities between then (1960s) & now in the army; 22:50 Specialized training; 24:14 Medic experiences; 27:52 Fort Benning; 28:18 Most memorable experience - preparing to deploy to Cuba & riots; 29:40 Germany; 31:19 JFK assassination; 33:04 Missile crisis; 34:40 Sense of Vietnam; 36:20 Wanted to go to Vietnam; 38:22 Military as an equal opportunity; 38:41 German memories; 40:35 Not re-enlisting; 43:15 Returned to Orlando; 43:29 Teaching history at Winter Park in Orlando; 49:19 Participation in politics; 52:39 Work with former soldiers through UCF.
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
2nd Infantry Division, Fort Benning, GA, Medic (pro pay)
Location of Service
Fort Benning (Ga.); Mannheim (Germany)
Prisoner of War
Service Related Injury
Cuban Missile Crisis; Mannheim, Germany (November 22, 1963)
Good Conduct Medal; Army Marksmanship Qualification Badge (Expert)
Preparing for integration in Mississippi; Preparing for Cuban Missile Crisis; Participating in the Kennedy 50 Mile March
City of Birth
Country of Birth
Location of Interview
University of Central Florida Soldiers to Scholars Office.
Reddick, Alzo J., Sr.; Basic Training; Infantry; Medic; Cuba; John F. Kennedy assassination; 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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UCF Community Veterans History Project
Alzo, Reddick J., "Reddick, Alzo J., Sr. interview" (2010). Veterans Oral Histories. 58.