Oral history interview of Mr. Kenneth Jerome Martin, Jr. Interview conducted by Jared Crespo at Faith Lutheran Church in Naples, Florida on November 15, 2018.
0:19 Birthplace and thoughts on hometown; 0:54 Family; 2:42 Childhood; 3:20 Military enlistment and Basic Training; 5:04 Thoughts on enlisting; 5:51 Memorable military leader; 6:28 Job description; 7:39 Adapting to military life; 8:56 First deployment (Vietnam); 12:35 Meeting other soldiers; 13:22 Motivations/Morale; 14:10 Physical/Mental Injuries from Vietnam; 16:10 Reassignment from Vietnam; 16:49 Role in Helicopter Battalion; 18:08 Reassignment to New Jersey; 18:48 Experience with Mental Health Care; 19:32 Impressions of Surrounding Leadership; 20:10 Military Interactions with Foreign Nationals; 21 :13 End of Service Information and Impressions; 22:26 Coming Home; 24:09 Impression on the Media Regarding Vietnam; 25:10 Getting licensed as a commercial pilot; 27:02 Certified Flight Instructor; 27:08 Meeting and marrying first wife; 28:43 Impression of US Civilians; 29:14 Veterans Organizations and Program Involvement; 30:46 Thought on military service; 32:39 Experience in the field; 33:54 Reactions to media about Vietnam; 35:20 Views on PTSD; 36:20 Views on gun ownership; 37:19 Personal hardships post military life; 39:05 Moving to Florida; 40:13 Meeting and marrying second wife; 40:49-46:27 Experiences with law enforcement.
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
1st Air Calvary
Location of Service
Fort Jackson (S.C.); Fort Lee (Va.); Camp Drum (N.Y.); Fort Monmouth (N.J.); Vietnam
Prisoner of War
Service Related Injury
Bronze Star Medal; Purple Heart Medal; Combat Infantryman Badge
See interview for details.
City of Birth
Country of Birth
Location of Interview
Faith Lutheran Church, Naples, Florida
Martin, Jr., Ken J.; 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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Central Florida, RICHES of, "Martin, Jr., Kenneth Jerome interview" (2018). Veterans Oral Histories. 633.