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Description

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.

Log

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

1947-03-17

Place of Birth

Dayton (Ohio)

Gender

Male

Race

White - Non Hispanic

Home State

Ohio

War or Conflict

Vietnam Era

Status

Veteran

Begin/End date of Service - 1st

1999-02-01

2019-01-17

Entrance into Service

Enlisted

Branch of Service

U.S. Marines

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

Highest Rank

Sergeant Major

Prisoner of War

No

Service Related Injury

Yes

Battles

TET G8; Dai Do

Medals

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

Achievements

Battalion Armorer Forward

Note

Not applicable

City of Birth

Dayton

Country of Birth

United States

Interviewer

Pilot, Anthony

Interview Date

Fall 11-30-2017

Location of Interview

Faith Lutheran Church, Naples, Florida

Subjects

DeDiemar, Robert Steven; Vietnam War, 1961-1975 -- Personal Narratives; United States. Marines

Collection Description

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

Contributors

Pilot, Anthony

Length of Interview

85 Minutes

Publisher

Department of History, University of Central Florida

Type

Video; MovingImage

Rights

All rights are held by the respective holding institution. This material is posted publicly for non-profit educational uses, excluding printed publication. For permission to reproduce and/or for copyright information contact Special Collections and University Archives, University of Central Florida Libraries, (407) 823-2576. http://library.ucf.edu/about/departments/special-collections-university-archives/

Repository

University of Central Florida Libraries, Special Collections & University Archives

Contributing Project

UCF Community Veterans History Project

Document Type

Interview


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