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The interview of Leslie Jean Beltz done by David Espinal of UCF in Orlando, FL via Zoom due to Covid-19. Beltz discusses her birthplace; siblings; parents' jobs; relatives in the Military; High School education; motivations for joining; paperwork; still being in WAC; Basic Training as a welder; 46th Engineer Battalion; 30th Infantry Division; Infantry accepting Leslie as a fellow soldier; duties as a welder; experience in Air Assault training; Army attitudes towards women; First Women Post Soldier of the month; family life during the army; memorable experience; Life after the Army; College life as a student; Life after College; being involved in the DAR (Daughters of the American Revolution); Community work; Medals; Contact after Enlistment; Memorabilia; Family reaction to her enlistment and sister being in the Navy; Final Reflections; end of the interview.

Date of Birth



Video; MovingImage


Espinal, David

Interview Date

Spring 5-27-2020

Location of Interview

Orlando via Zoom (Due to Covid-19)

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

59 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