Oral history interview of Vincent Unrue, conducted by Tyler Campbell in St. Petersburg, Florida on March 22nd, 2018.
0:41 Birth date and family life, growing up; 1:05 Parents occupation; 1:23 Elementary education; 1:50 Other family members in the service; 2:12 What factors led him to enlist in the Navy; 2:30 First memories at Boot-camp; 3:10 Types of details preformed at the Great Lakes training center; 4:23 Additional training; 4:50 Assigned to the USS Tidewater as a dive-tender; 5:03 Transitioning to life on board ship; 5:55 Duties and roles of a dive-tender in the Navy; 7:39 Transferred to the USS Putnam (dd-757); 8:00 Duties on-board the USS Putnam; 8:30 Communicating with home in the Navy/ During his Free time; 9:40 Keeping ship logs; 10:30 Describing a typical day on the USS Putnam; 11:22 Attack by an enemy Submarine; 12:20 Other tasks preformed on the USS Putnam; 13:40 Memories as a Navy diver; 14:38 Recollections of leave in the Navy; 15:40 Travels while on the Putnam in the Mediterranean Sea and Mid-East; 16:30 Talks about supporting the failed invasion of Cuba after the Bay of Pigs; 21:05 Other assignments while in the Navy; 22:40 Why he ultimately decided to leave the Navy; 24:30 Arriving home after the Navy and the transition back to civilian life; 26:08 Types of jobs he worked after the Navy; 27:20 Worked as a firefighter for 17 years, eventually became a fire captain in P.A.; 27:50 Keeping in touch with former sailors; 28:12 Advice for those considering joining the Service; 28:55 Conclusion.
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
Wasp (Aircraft carrier : CVS-18)
Prisoner of War
Service Related Injury
Cuban Expeditionary Medal; American Defense Service Medal
The veteran is a diver and trained as hard-hat underwater Demolitions team.
The veteran received 50% disability for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
City of Birth
Country of Birth
Location of Interview
Masonic Home of Florida, St. Petersburg, FL
Unrue, Vincent W.; Vietnam War, 1961-1975 -- Personal Narratives; United States. Navy
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, "Unrue, Vincent Wesly interview" (2018). Veterans Oral Histories. 599.