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Oral history interview of Mr. William Thomas Carter. Interview conducted by David Espinal at Carter’s home in Orlando, Florida on 10/23/2019. Interview topics include, Introduction; Birth place and date; Family in Newark; Dairy farm life: Education growing up; Graduating from Seminary; Process of becoming a commissioned officer; 1966 as a chaplain; Summary Operation Junction City; LBJ’s foreign policy; Summary of Operation Lam Son; Good relations with the public; First impressions of Vietnam; summary of 1st Infantry and Calvary Division; Shift of public opinion; interactions with draftees; Summary of tours Carter did and process of becoming a Colonel; explaining what an OER is; Military leave and combat experience; difficulty finding the enemy; U.S. opinion’s on PTSD; Reaction the war ended; Memorial trips; Personal opinion of the war; Retirement; interaction with the Vietnamese; Honors tours and lunch with the village chief; Returning to civilian life; contact with former soldiers; Projects and documents; Funeral service in Hawaii; Final thoughts; Conclusion.

Date of Birth



Video; MovingImage


Aguirre, Daniela; Espinal, David

Interview Date

Fall 10-30-2019

Location of Interview

Carter's home near Westminster Towers (Orlando, FL)

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

Length of Interview

41 minutes


Department of History, University of Central Florida




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University of Central Florida Libraries, Special Collections & University Archives

Contributing Project

UCF Community Veterans History Project

Document Type