Oral history interview of Mr. Charles S. Haithcock, Jr. Interview conducted by Sharon Rodriguez at the Masonic Home of Florida in St. Petersburg, Florida on 03/22/2018.
0:01 Introduction; 0:42 Early childhood and education; 2:45 Being sent off by his friends; 3:12 Choosing the Navy; 4:18 Boot camp; 5:00 Additional training/ Medic training; 5:55 First duty after training; 6:30 U.S. Naval Hospital School; 9:50 Being sent to Korea; 11:40 Feelings on Korean War; 12:55 Delivering a baby for a Korean woman; 13:45 Communicating back home; 14:20 Being afforded leave; 15:00 Experiencing combat/ Being shelled; 17:05 Experiencing the death of a young Marine; 19:04 Being attacked by a North Korean; 21:10 Next Assignment: Camp Lejeune; 22:45 Average day at Camp Lejeune; 25:00 Working at a Naval Hospital; 26:00 Feelings on the end of the war; 26:50 Brutality of North Koreans; 27:30 Relationship with South Koreans; 28:15 Most memorable part of his service/ being cared for; 29:15 Inauguration parade: Eisenhower; 31:20 Meeting president Franklin D. Roosevelt as a child; 35:20 Deciding to leave the Navy; 37:00 Community reception and welcome back; 38:40 Transition into civilian life; 39:08 Life after the Navy; 40:15 Applying military training to life; 42:55 Awards and commendations; 43:40 Feeling on the service; 45:42 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
Location of Service
Georgia; Fort Leavenworth (Kan.); Vietnam, Northern; Vietnam, Southern; Cambodia
Prisoner of War
Service Related Injury
Bronze Star; Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross
Combat Engineer; Demolition
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
Country of Birth
Location of Interview
University of Central Florida
Haithcock Jr., Charles S.; Korean War, 1950-1953 -- 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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Central Florida, RICHES, "Haithcock, Charles Seabrook interview" (2018). Veterans Oral Histories. 587.