Oral history interview of Mr. Wallace O. Wildenradt. Interview conducted by Sharon Rodriguez at the University of Central Florida in Orlando, Florida on 03/13/2018.
0:01 Introduction; 0:40 Background and childhood; 2:10 Time before entering the Army; 2:30 Draft notice at 21; 3:38 Basic Training at Fort Gordon, Georgia; 4:30 Fort Dicks, New Jersey: Advanced training; 5:20 Job specs; 6:20 Being sent to and arriving in Vietnam; 8:00 Job in Vietnam; 9:25 Landing-Ship Tanks (LSTs); 10:52 Time in Cam Ranh Bay; 11:35 Interaction with fellow comrades; 12:14 Typical day in Cam Ranh Bay; 13:00 Interacting with locals; 17:30 Imminent threats; 18:00 Working with Japanese troops; 18:49 R&R: Tokyo, Japan; 21:55 Experiencing a demonstration in Japan; 24:15 Receiving a warm welcome home and feelings on negative welcomes; 25:25 Personal thoughts on the Vietnam War; 28:05 Losing friends to the war; 32:00 Most memorable experience in Cam Ranh Bay; 35:15 Next assignment: Phan Rang/ first impressions; 36:24 Comparison to Cam Ranh Bay; 37:20 Typical day in Phan Rang; 38:15 Activities on time off; 40:25 Interacting with locals in Phan Rang; 40:55 Communicating home; 41:25 Second time in Tokyo; 43:11 Being in a combat zone; 44:50 Commendations; 45:00 Leaving the Army; 45:10 Time after the service; 51:00 Job at the space center; 51:51 Transition into civilian life; 52:35 Applying military service to civilian life; 53:35 Final thoughts; 54:40 Closing remarks.
Date of Birth
Place of Birth
Daytona Beach (Fla.)
White - Non Hispanic
War or Conflict
Begin/End date of Service - 1st
Entrance into Service
Branch of Service
Unit of Service
123rd Transportation Company
Location of Service
Fort Jackson (S.C.); Presidio of Monterey (Calif.); Fort Benning (Ga.); Goodfellow Air Force Base (Tex.); Fort Richardson (Alaska)
Prisoner of War
Service Related Injury
National Defense Service Medal; Vietnam Service Medal; Vietnam Campaign Ribbon; Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation; Army Marksmanship Qualification Badge (Rifle)
Movement Specialist, tasked with moving supplies and munitions from the beaches to various units inland.
"I am a 1973 graduate of UCF (then Florida Technological University), Bachelor of Arts in Communication." - The veteran. Medal details: National Defense Service Medal; Vietnam Service Medal with 2 bronze service stars; Vietnam Campaign Ribbon; Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation with Palm; Army Marksmanship Qualification Badge (Rifle).
City of Birth
Country of Birth
Location of Interview
University of Central Florida
Wildenradt, Wallace O.; 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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Central Florida, RICHES of, "Wildenradt, Wallace Oscar interview" (2018). Veterans Oral Histories. 598.