Oral history interview of Mr. Clyde L. Harrison. Interview conducted by Walter Napier at the University of Central Florida in Orlando, Florida on 02/27/2018.
0:01 Introduction; 0:35 Background; 1:05 Education/Vocational School; 1:25 Family in the military; 1:50 Time prior to the USMC; 2:42 Decision to enlist in USMC; 4:30 Going to boot camp; 5:03 What boot camp was like; 6:05 Additional training: Infantry Training School; 7:20 Choosing Infantry; 8:25 First duty: Vietnam; 8:30 Time in California; 9:20 On his way to Vietnam. Stopping in Hawaii; 9:33 Okinawa; 10:32 Arriving in Vietnam; 11:10 Becoming a machine gunner; 11:55 Impressions of Vietnam; 14:10 Communicating home; 14:25 Interactions with locals; 15:10 Importance of locals to the Marines; 15:30 Typical day as a Marine/Free Time; 17:45 Description of an ambush; 18:50 Long distance patrols; 20:00 Getting Purple Hearts; 21:10 Getting R&R/ Getting married in Hawaii; 22:00 Tet offensive; 27:50 Different P.O.V.s from different soldiers; 34:00 Encounter with Vietnamese boy/ The enemy soldier; 35:00 Feelings on the relationship between two countries, U.S. and Vietnam; 35:50 Earning third Purple Heart/ Silver star; 43:20 Attempt to earn commission/ Re-enlistment; 48:00 Being an E-7 in under 4 years of service; 49:50 Getting pulled out of Vietnam; 52:27 Returning home; 53:25 R&R; 53:50 Job as an E-8; 55:13 Feelings on the U.S. being pulled out Vietnam; 56:40 Thankfulness for current situation; 57:10 Post-Vietnam Marine Corps; 59:40 Reaching E-9 Master Gunnery Sergeant; 1:01:20 Most memorable moment in the Marines; 1:02:25 What it means to be a Marine; 1:03:00 Returning to civilian life; 1:05:00 Advice to those wanting to join the Marine Corps; 1:06:00 Working with organizations; 1:07:00 Life after the Marines; 1:07:50 Final thoughts; 1:08:35 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
03/11 in Vietnam
Location of Service
Great Lakes (Ill.); Naval Hospital Newport (R.I.); Camp Pendleton (Calif.); Da Nang (Vietnam); Naval Air Station Alameda (Calif.)
Master Gunnery Sergeant; MGySgt
Prisoner of War
Service Related Injury
Silver Star Medal; Purple Heart Medal
NCOIC Disbursing, Kaneohe MCAS
The veteram had battles in Laos border, North/South Vietnam borders. He had three injuries in Vietnam. He was awarded Silver Star Medal three times. His son is on the faculty of the UCF School of Performing Arts and the Rosen College of Business.
City of Birth
Country of Birth
Location of Interview
University of Central Florida
Harrison, Clyde L.; Vietnam War, 1961-1975 -- Personal Narratives; United States. Marine Corps
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, "Harrison, Clyde L. interview" (2018). Veterans Oral Histories. 606.