Oral History interview of Jeffrey Cresswell. Interview conducted by Anthony Pilot at Naples, Florida on November 29, 2018.
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
Place of Birth
Staten Island (N.Y.)
White - Non Hispanic
War or Conflict
Begin/End date of Service - 1st
Entrance into Service
Branch of Service
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)
Specialist 4th Class; SP4
Prisoner of War
Service Related Injury
Vietnam Service Medal; Vietnam Campaign Medal; National Defense Medal; Good Conduct Medal; Vietnam Combat Medal
See interview for details.
City of Birth
Country of Birth
Location of Interview
Cresswell, Jeffrey; 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, "Cresswell, Jeffrey interview" (2018). Veterans Oral Histories. 642.