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Oral history interview of Mr. Albert Woodall. Interview conducted by David Espinal at Masonic Lodge, St. Petersburg FL in Orlando, Florida on 11/06/2019. Interview topics include, Introduction; Family and Date of Birth; Education; Jobs prior to entering military; Motivations for enlisting in the Marines; First duty station and responsibilities; Going overseas and duties during Vietnam; Other tours and promotions; Discharge; Types of supplies transported and experiences as a driver; Describing "driver of the month"; Describing picture of him and his truck in Okinawa; Court-martialing of soldiers; Experiences in Okinawa; Interactions with locals in Okinawa; Changing attitudes toward Vietnam; Receiving information about Vietnam; Detailing black market; Reaction to end of Vietnam conflict; Vietnam protests; War after leaving Vietnam/Aftermath; Opinions on mandatory service; Interactions with drafted members and thoughts on returning home; Group dynamics in the Marines; Experiences at Pendleton; Incident with new recruit; Combat experiences; Grenade training; Memorable experiences; Communicating back home; Experiences after the Marines; Losing his best friend and staying in touch with other Marines; Returning to civilian life; On discussing military with son/Son's experiences; Final thoughts.


Video; MovingImage


Espinal, David

Interview Date

Fall 11-6-2019

Location of Interview

Masonic Lodge, St. Petersburg 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

30 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