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Oral History interview of Warren Jennison. Interview conducted by Falquez, Marcella M. at University of Central Florida Library.


0:24 Discusses early life; 1:51 Joins Navy; 2:49 Basic Training; 3:10 First Assignment; 4:07 Near crash with the U.S.S. Albany; 5:23 Discusses responsibilities of a radarman; 6:22 Leaves Active Duty; 6:55 Joins Naval Reserve; 7:10 Discusses recruitment duties; 8:06 Learns to draft; 8:40 Rejoins Navy as a Seabee; 9:38 Goes to Vietnam; 10:31 Becomes engineering aide; 10:56 Amphibious Construction Battalion 2; 12:19 Moves to North Carolina; 13:45 First tour on Diego Garcia; 14:20 Birth of third daughter; 15:12 Discusses responsibilities; 15:28 Switch to planning and estimating; 17:44 Navy Mobile Construction Battalion 62; 17:52 Guam assignment; 20:27 Rota, Spain; 20:34 Become Chief Petty Officer; 20:40 Discusses why he liked the Navy; 21:09 Football victory against Naval Air Station Team; 22:10 Hurricane Frederick; 22:59 Edsel, Scotland, and birth of son; 24:37 Discusses stresses of leaving for deployments; 25:55 Makes Senior Chief; 27:20 Is frocked; 27:33 Second tour on Diego Garcia; 28:03 Wife and family honored at his retirement; 29:39 Civilian teaching career.

Date of Birth


Place of Birth

Keene (N.H.)




White - Non Hispanic

Home State

New Hampshire

War or Conflict

Vietnam Era



Begin/End date of Service - 1st



Entrance into Service


Branch of Service

U.S. Navy

Unit of Service

U.S. Naval Fleet service aboard USS Dewey, DLG-14; U.S. Naval Reserve in Tampa, Florida; U.S. Naval Construction Force in several different units.

Highest Rank

Engineering Aid Senior Chief Petty Officer; EACS

Prisoner of War


Service Related Injury





Navy Achievement Medal; Vietnam Service Ribbon; Naval Campaign Service Medal; Navy Good Conduct Medal


Navy Achievement award for planning and estimating capabilities in Vietnam; Navy Achievement award for planning capabilities at R.A.F. Edzell, Scotland; served as Leading Senior Chief Petty Officer during second tour on Diego Garcia; served as Leading Senior Chief Petty Officer at Edzell, Scotland; trained some sixty naval personnel in Service Contract Administration while on Diego Garcia during second tour there. Served four years active as a Radarman (now Operations Specialist; served the Naval Reserve unit as an assistant recruiter for nearly three years; reenlisted for active service by passing Engineering Aid 'A' School and converted to Engineering Aid in the CB's; served in the NCF for 22 years


Non-combatant duties; served in backup Security Force at China Beach, Da Nang, R.V.N. Awarded Navy Achievement Medal twice.

City of Birth


Country of Birth

United States


Falquez, Marcella M.

Interview Date

Spring 4-23-2012

Location of Interview

University of Central Florida Library


Jennison, Warren E.; Vietnam War, 1961-1975 -- Personal Narratives; United States. Navy

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


Falquez, Marcella

Length of Interview

33 Minutes


Department of History, University of Central Florida


Audio; Sound


All rights are held by the respective holding institution. This material is posted publicly for non-profit educational uses, excluding printed publication. For permission to reproduce and/or for copyright information contact Special Collections and University Archives, University of Central Florida Libraries, (407) 823-2576. http://library.ucf.edu/about/departments/special-collections-university-archives/


University of Central Florida Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives

Contributing Project

UCF Community Veterans History Project

Document Type



John C. Hitt Library