Oral history interview with James Lee Dozier. Interview conducted by Anthony Pilot in Brookdale Retirement Community, Fort Myers, Florida on June 20, 2018.
0:26 Birthplace; 0:47 Family; 1:12 Life Before Service; 3:28 Boot Camp; 5:17 Designating Exam; 6:24 Specialization/Training; 8:25 Post West Point; 9:25 East-West Germany Border; 12:28 East Germans; 13:58 Interactions Between Western Allies; 14:26 How Long Policing Border; 15:30 After Europe Tour; 16:34 Operations Officer Duties; 18:25 Lessons Learned from Patton; 21:21 First 6 Months in Vietnam; 25:03 Firsthand Combat; 29:26 Napalm; 31:21 View of Fighting; 32:23 How Wartime Experience Changed View; 35:24 Comradery in The Military; 37:00 Off Duty/Injured Time; 40:27 Experience Returning from Vietnam; 41:18 Post Pentagon; 42:48 NATO In Europe; 44:35 Kidnapped by Red Brigade; 1:03:44 Retirement; 1:06:44 Agriculture; 1:09:00 Air Force Special Ops School; 1:09:35 Life Lessons from Military; 1:10:06 Message for Future Generations; 1:10:43 Anything Else; 1:11:35 Common Misconception of Veterans.
Date of Birth
Place of Birth
War or Conflict
Begin/End date of Service - 1st
Entrance into Service
Branch of Service
Unit of Service
2nd Armored Cavalry Regiment; 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment
Location of Service
Fort Stewart (Ga.); Pentagon; West Germany; Vietnam
Major General; MG
Prisoner of War
Service Related Injury
Parachutist Badge; Ranger Tab; Army Distinguished Service Medal; Purple Heart; Defense Superior Service Medal; Legion of Merit; Bronze Star with two Oak Leaf Clusters and "V" Device; Meritorious Service Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster; Air Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster; Army Commendation Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster; Army Good Conduct Medal; National Defense Service Medal with Service Star; Vietnam Service Medal with Four Service Stars; Vietnam Campaign Medal; Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation
Deputy Chief of Staff at NATO's Southern European land forces
City of Birth
Country of Birth
Location of Interview
Dozier, James Lee; 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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UCF Community Veterans History Project
Central Florida, RICHES of, "Dozier, James Lee interview" (2018). Veterans Oral Histories. 612.