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Oral history interview of Mr. Trent Tomengo. Interview conducted by Daniela Aguirre at Seminole State Collegein Orlando, Floridaon 02/18/2020.Interview topics include, Introduction;Birth (Naples); Growing up with a twin brother; Parents working; Mother working; Other members in the service; Prior to the military; Motivation to join the military; Basic Training in Ft. Benning Georgia; 1600 training gunner; Civilian to military life; Stories from basic training; Change in personality; M-60 machineguntraining; Transfer to Hawaii; Experience with the military mindset in the infantry; Job within his unit and the peacetime training; Decision to go to college; Process of leaving the army; Adapting back to civilian life; Stories of his time stationed in Hawaii; Stories of being black in the army; Being a civilian in the workforce; Becoming a professor in the humanities at Seminole State College; Closing statements and overall thoughts on the military; Conclusion;

Date of Birth



Video; MovingImage


Daniela Aguirre

Interview Date

Spring 2-18-2020

Location of Interview

Seminole State College

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



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