Oral History interview of Sargent Major Robert Steven DeDiemar. Interview conducted by Anthony Pilot w. Austin Raabe on November 30, 2017 at Faith Lutheran Church, Naples, Florida.
0:20 Birthplace and Date; 0:34 Family; 2:12 Life Before Service; 3:12 Why Enlisted; 4:09 Family Reactions; 4:29 Boot Camp; 8:38 Specialized Training; 11:35 Weapons Repair; 14:06 Puerto Rico; 16:52 Prior to Vietnam; 18:18 First Reaction to Vietnam; 20:28 First Week in Vietnam; 35:10 Kilo Company; 40:40 How Kept in Contact with Family; 45:58 Recreation; 48:42 DMZ; 51:27 Rank at Time; 51:42 Leaving Service; 52:20 Readjustment to Civilian Life; 55:58 Received by Community; 57:36 Reaction to End of War; 59:38 Post Military Career; 1:03:22 Veteran organizations; 1:03:48 Military Experience Affected Life; 1:04:30 Life Lessons Military Taught; 1:04:54 How Service Impacted Views on War; 1:07:03 Message for Future Generations; 1:08:20 Anything Else; 1:16:25 Wish What People Knew About Veterans; 1:18:12 Short Timer Stick.
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
B Company 8th Engineer Battalion; 3rd battalion; 3rd Marine Regiment; 3rd Marine Division
Location of Service
San Diego (Calif.); Quantico (Va.); Camp Lejeune (N. C.); Camp Pendleton (Calif.); Vietnam
Prisoner of War
Service Related Injury
TET G8; Dai Do
Meritorious Service Medal; Combat Action Ribbon; Navy presidential Unit Citation; Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation; USMC Good Conduct Medal; Selected Marine Corps Reserve Medal; National Defense Service Medal; U.S. Vietnam Service Medal; Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal; Armed Force Reserve Medal; RVN Gallantry Cross Medal; Vietnam Campaign Medal; RVN Gallantry Cross Unit Citation; RVN Civic Action Honor Unit Citation
Battalion Armorer Forward
City of Birth
Country of Birth
Location of Interview
Faith Lutheran Church, Naples, Florida
DeDiemar, Robert Steven; Vietnam War, 1961-1975 -- Personal Narratives; United States. Marines
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, "DeDiemar, Robert Steven interview" (2017). Veterans Oral Histories. 624.