Oral History interview of Dennis Woodcum. Interview conducted by Reed, Paul at Woodcum Residence.
0:01 Biographical Detail; 2:30 Education; 3:30 Post High School/Draft; 4:30 Previous Knowledge of Vietnam; 5:45 Being Drafted; 9:00 Basic Training; 11:00 Army Occupation and Training; 13:00 Rank/Promotion; 14:30 Leaving Home/Going to Vietnam; 18:00 Previous Experience Traveling; 19:15 Army Life; 20:30 Impressions of Vietnam; 22:00 Duty Station (Pleiku); 26:30 Awards/Medals; 28:20 Daily Duty during the Standdown; 30:30 Returning to the United States; 34:15 Thoughts about the Montagnards; 34:45 Reactions upon returning from Vietnam; 35:50 Leaving the Army; 37:30 Civilian Life; 40:00 Veteran Organizations/V.A. Benefits; 43:30 Reflections; 46:00 Final thoughts, effects of war on warriors.
Date of Birth
Place of Birth
White - Non Hispanic
War or Conflict
Begin/End date of Service - 1st
Entrance into Service
Branch of Service
Unit of Service
62nd Maintenance Battalion, Pleiku, Vietnam (Mar. 1971- January 1972); 4th Infantry Division, Fort Carson (February 1972- June 1973)
Specialist 4th Class; SP4
Prisoner of War
Service Related Injury
Central Highlands (Vietnam War)
Army Commendation Medal; Good Conduct Medal; National Defense Service Medal; Vietnam Service Medal; Vietnam Campaign Medal; Gallantry Cross (Vietnam)
MOS 76V2T9; Equipment Storage Specialist; Assistant Armorer; Warehouse Liaison; FASCO Support Specialist; Senior Supply Specialist
From July 1, 1973 to June 1, 1976, served in Inactive Reserves; Although I did not receive wounds or was diagnosed with injuries while on active duty, I do have a 70% overall disability rating for service connected disabilities and am a Disabled Veteran
City of Birth
Country of Birth
Location of Interview
Woodcum, Dennis J.; Vietnam War, 1961-1975 -- Personal Narratives; United States. Army
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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Central Florida, RICHES of, "Woodcum, Dennis Joseph interview" (2012). Veterans Oral Histories. 88.