Oral history interview of Mr. William Logan. Interview conducted by Caroline Heumann at the University of Central Florida in Orlando, Florida on April 27, 2017.
0:01 Introduction; 0:22 Childhood, father in the Army; 1:06 Living in Germany as a child when his father was stationed there; 3:16 Family size, adopted brother; 4:03 Unaware of segregation in America while living in Germany; 6:33 Education before the service; 9:25 Influences to join the Navy; 10:22 Experience with recruitment process and other family in the military; 11:22 Experience at boot camp, getting in a fight at boot camp; 13:00 Advanced training, medical training; 13:55 Assignment at hospital in Newport, RI, getting in trouble again; 15:45 Field medical training at Camp Pendleton; 17:03 Disobeying direct orders; 18:13 Arriving in Vietnam, stationed at FLC; 19:05 First assignment in Vietnam; 19:38 Working in a prison, riot at the prison, racism in Vietnam; 22:00 Taking drugs to cope; 23:06 Feeling used, racial tension on bases; 25:13 Going to villages to treat Vietnamese civilians; 26:56 Black-marketing green dollars in Vietnam; 28:50 Typical day in the bush, more training in California; 30:25 Nothing goes according to plan; 32:27 Smoking weed in the barracks; 34:04 Breakdown in Vietnam, med evac to Japan, sent back to Vietnam; 35:55 Describing fellow servicemen; 37:17 Didn't stay in contact with family; 38:06 Free time; 38:55 R & R in the Philippines and Bangkok; 41:02 Returning home; 41:46 Stationed in California, leaving the military; 42:52 Last day of service; 43:43 Readjustment to civilian life; 44:55 What he would have done differently; 45:35 Conclusion.
Date of Birth
Place of Birth
War or Conflict
Begin/End date of Service - 1st
Entrance into Service
Branch of Service
Unit of Service
Navy Seabee SB-40
Location of Service
Chu Lai (Vietnam)
Prisoner of War
Service Related Injury
Please see video
City of Birth
Country of Birth
Location of Interview
University of Central Florida
Logan, William; 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, "Logan, William interview" (2018). Veterans Oral Histories. 603.