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Oral history interview of Joe Lamberty. Interview conducted by Brandon Nightingale at Valencia College Osceola Campus, Florida on February 26, 2019.


0:43 Birth and Childhood; 1:08 Parents Occupation; 1:24 Education; 2:47 Family/Friends in Service; 3:44 Why He Enlisted; 6:48 Basic Training; 9:53 Advanced Training; 10:41 Radio Operator School; 12:37 Fort Bragg; 16:20 Communication with Family; 17:56 Typical Day; 21:42 Interaction with Locals; 23:32 Transitioning Units; 25:52 Panama; 30:53 Reenlistment; 33:01 Back to Fort Bragg; 35:42 Jump School; 37:18 Injury; 41:30 Recruiting Duty; 46:31 Special Forces Recruiter; 53:00 Retiring; 54:00 Memorable Experiences; 57:52 Veteran Groups; 58:22 Awards and Medals; 59:30 Returning to Civilian Life; 1:02:33 Lockheed Martin; 1:05:24 Transitioning Jobs to Valencia; 1:06:44 Keeping in Contact; 1:07:13 Applying Military Skills to Civilian Life; 1:10:18 Closing Comments.

Date of Birth


Place of Birth

San Juan (P.R.)




White - Hispanic

Home State


War or Conflict

Operation Enduring Freedom, Afghanistan



Begin/End date of Service - 1st



Entrance into Service


Branch of Service

U.S. Army

Unit of Service

Headquarters 37th Engineer Battalion (Airborne), Fort Bragg, NC; C Company, 51st Signal Battalion (Airborne), Fort Bragg, NC; 426 Signal Battalion, Fort Clayton, Republic of Panama; United States Army Southern Command, Republic of Panama; Headquarters 82nd Airborne Signal Battalion, Fort Bragg, NC; C Company 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, NC; United States Army Recruiting Command (USAREC), Orlando Company; Special Forces Recruiting Team, Special Operations Recruiting Battalion, Fort Bragg, NC

Location of Service

Fort Bragg (N. C.); Fort Clayton (Canal Zone); Orlando (Fla.

Highest Rank

Sergeant First Class; SFC; E7

Prisoner of War


Service Related Injury





Meritorious Service Medal; Army Commendation Medal; Army Achievement Medal; Army Superior Unit Award; Army Good Conduct Medal; National Defense Service Medal; Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal; Global War on Terrorism Service Medal; Humanitarian Service Medal; Non-Commissioned Officer Professional Service Ribbon; Army Service Ribbon; Overseas Service Ribbon; NATO Medal; USA Recruiter Badge; Gold Recruiter Badge with 3 Star Sapphires; Master Parachutist Badge; Senior Parachutist Badge; Parachutist Badge; Air Assault Badge


Jump Master; Station Commander, Special Forces Recruiting Team, Afghanistan


More medal details: Meritorious Service Medal (3rd Award); Army Commendation Medal (3rd Award); Army Achievement Medal (7th Award); Army Good Conduct Medal (7th Award); Non-Commissioned Officer Professional Service Ribbon (3rd Award).

City of Birth

San Juan

Country of Birth

Puerto Rico


Nightingale, Brandon

Interview Date

Spring 2-26-2019

Location of Interview

Valencia College-Osceola, Kissimmee, Florida


Lamberty, Joe Antonio; Operation Enduring Freedom, Afghanistan; United States. Army

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


Nightingale, Brandon

Length of Interview

73 Minutes


Department of History, University of Central Florida


Video; MovingImage


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University of Central Florida Libraries, Special Collections & University Archives

Contributing Project

UCF Community Veterans History Project

Document Type