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Oral history interview of Mr. James Ocque. Interview conducted by Rachael Rothstein-Safra at Westminster in Winter Park, Florida on 10/23/2019. Interview topics include, Introduction; Brother in the Military; Parents’ Occupations; Drafted into the Army; School/Work Prior to Service; Reactions to Draft Letter; Basic Training Experience; Wanting to be a Chaplain’s Assistant; Volunteering to Type; Assignment at Fort Benning, Georgia; Experience at Fort Benning; Transition to Reserve Duty; Adapting in the Military; Life While on Active Duty; Reflections on Military Assignments; Military Service Advice/Be Prepared; Cuban Missile Crisis; Decision to leave Service; Adjusting back to civilian life; Advice about joining military; Blizzard During Marksman Test; Final message; Conclusion.

Date of Birth



Video; MovingImage


Rothestein-Safra, Rachel

Interview Date

Fall 11-9-2018

Location of Interview

Westminster Winter Park, Florida

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

39 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