Oral History interview of Rodney Smith. Interview conducted by Malloy, Samantha at Smith Residence.
0:01 Introduction of interviewee and interviewer; 0:15 Background and childhood of Rodney Smith; 1:30 The draft; 2:27 Basic Training; 3:26 Advanced Training; 4:30 Officers Candidate School; 4:54 Deployment to Germany; 5:49 interviewing the families of German girls to Marry American guys; 6:48 Auto-accident; 8:19 Ward 41 in Walter Reed Hospital; 10:28 Soldiers and brain injuries; 11:08 Clinical and psychological testing after injuries; 11:51 Release back to active duty; 12:20 First impressions of Vietnam; 13:15 What a soldier carried in Vietnam; 13:51 Original orders for Vietnam; 14:25 Reactions to being reassigned to the 1st Cav; 14:53 Life in a Combat situation; 16:37 Kill ratios; 17:19 Being lured into a trap; 17:40 Air support/other support; 19:23 Leave to Hong Kong; 20:48 The Animals, 'We gotta get out of this place'; 21:15 Relations with the local Vietnamese; 22:17 Widening of Big Red One base; 23:41 Attack into Cambodia; 24:29 Post Traumatic Stress Disorder/Disability benefits; 25:42 College; 26:25 If college benefitted him; 27:24 Marriage to his first wife; 28:25 Smiths family now; 29:20 Veterans Organizations; 30:39 Contact with people served with; 33:13 Country's largest Vietnam Veterans reunion; 37:18 Preparation for the reunion; 39:29 Feelings toward career military personnel; 39:56 Treatment of veterans; 41:49 Current state of the Country; 42:24 Every citizen should serve; 43:31 Conclusion of interview.
Date of Birth
Place of Birth
War or Conflict
Begin/End date of Service - 1st
Entrance into Service
Branch of Service
Unit of Service
First Air Cavalry Division, 228th Assault Support Helicopter Battalion
Location of Service
First Lieutenant; 1LT
Prisoner of War
Service Related Injury
Currently retiring; Graduate of University of Southern Florida, 1973; Insurance broker for 38 years; Founding member of Vietnam and All Veterans of Brevard - First President, Current Board Member
City of Birth
Country of Birth
Location of Interview
Smith, Rodney E.; 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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Rodney, Smith E., "Smith, Rodney E. interview" (2012). Veterans Oral Histories. 89.