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Description

Oral History interview of Jeffrey Cresswell. Interview conducted by Anthony Pilot at Naples, Florida on November 29, 2018.

Log

0:22 Birthplace and family; 1:06 Life before military; 1:22 Getting drafted; 2:17 Basic Training and adapting; 3:20 Specialized training (Military Police); 5:40 First impression of Vietnam; 6:01 Unit mentality in Vietnam; 6:49 Duties in Vietnam; 8:25 Customs Inspector in Vietnam; 10:34 Dealing with contraband; 11:28 Anecdote: Soldier unwilling to part with contraband; 12:20 Shell shock and other war injuries; 13:25 Work/Rest schedule in Vietnam; 14:07 Rocket/Gunfire attacks on base in Vietnam; 16:45 Living and working conditions in Vietnam; 17:45 TET offensive involvement; 22:50 Return trip to US; 23:47 Family reception; 24:07 Readjusting to civilian life; 25:09 Reaction to US pulling out of Vietnam; 25:39 Joining civilian police force; 27:40 Pushing up his draft; 29:08 Best friend's experience in Vietnam; 31:00 Veteran difficulty in sharing experiences; 31:43 Disconnect with public; 32:45 Awards and certificates; 35:15 Veteran's organizations and photos; 38:00 TIME's coverage of TET; 38:45 Anecdote: Sending a message home; 40:19 Military effect on life; 42:05 Message for future generations.

Date of Birth

1948-04-07

Place of Birth

Staten Island (N.Y.)

Gender

Male

Race

White - Non Hispanic

Home State

New York

War or Conflict

Vietnam Era

Status

Veteran

Begin/End date of Service - 1st

Unspecified

1968-11-27

Entrance into Service

Drafted

Branch of Service

U.S. Army

Unit of Service

18th Military Police Brigade; 716th Military Police Battalion; 527th Military Police Company and Company C

Location of Service

Saigon (Vietnam); Tan Son Nhut (Vietnam)

Highest Rank

Specialist 4th Class; SP4

Prisoner of War

No

Service Related Injury

No

Battles

TET Offensive

Medals

Vietnam Service Medal; Vietnam Campaign Medal; National Defense Medal; Good Conduct Medal; Vietnam Combat Medal

Achievements

See interview for details.

Note

Not applicable

City of Birth

Staten Island

Country of Birth

United States

Interviewer

Pilot, Anthony

Interview Date

Fall 11-29-2018

Location of Interview

Naples, Florida

Subjects

Cresswell, Jeffrey; Vietnam War, 1961-1975 -- Personal Narratives; 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

Contributors

Pilot, Anthony

Length of Interview

46 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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