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The interview of Paul Best done by David Espinal of UCF in Orlando, FL via Zoom due to Covid-19. Paul Best discusses his birthplace; siblings; parents' jobs; OCS training; rising to the rank of Colonel; service in the 1st Battalion Division, experience in the 66th Armor Regiment, experience in the 4th Infantry Division; experience in the 85th Infantry; memorable moments (elephant on the side of the road story); 25 years in the Army Reserve; overlooking training guidelines for the army; elementary school teacher; elementary school principal; teaching virtues on to school children and his children; worked for an educational foundation in Chicago; going to Latvia teaching ESL; final reflections; end of the interview.

Date of Birth



Video; MovingImage


Espinal, David

Interview Date

Spring 6-7-2020

Location of Interview

Veteran's Residence

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

100 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