Oral History interview of Samuel Randolph. Interview conducted by Ferguson, Rodger Allen at Randolph Residence.
0:35 Parents and living in Texas; 1:50 Camp Lejeune in September 1964; 2:20 Shore party man; 3:25 First look at the Marine Corps; 4:35 Sir did you say... Drill Instructors; 7:00 Caribbean Cruise; 9:10 From Okinawa to Vietnam; 11:45 Landing in Vietnam; 12:55 Unloading transport ships for 3 months; 16:00 The rats came out at night; 18:20 The last day in Vietnam, August 1966; 19:50 Laundry truck; 22:30 I ain't going in that bunker; 24:15 Marine Security Guard; 25:20 Embassies now are like fortresses; 27:05 Bogota, Columbia; 28:55 Brother and sister in the apartment; 29:50 Bogota is traffic hell; 30:20 After Marines, tried to act like a normal person; 31:25 UPS; 32:00 Navy Second Chance Program for Helicopter Maintenance; 33:15 Merchant Sealift Command. USS Chavanez; 34:15 Exploring the Pacific; 36:05 Did the mail runs; 36:40 Hawaii treated military men very well; 38:05 Possible ditching at sea; 40:10 C-130 crash in Bolivia; 44:00 ESP, always one step ahead; 47:25 Panic, life threatening situation; 49:05 Education is really important; 51:10 'Day 1 and Counting'; 51:50 Camaraderie, brotherhood that's unique; 53:45 The important things in life.
Date of Birth
Place of Birth
White - Non Hispanic
War or Conflict
Vietnam Era; Cold War Era
Begin/End date of Service - 1st
Entrance into Service
Branch of Service
Unit of Service
HSl-31 (Helicopter Antisubmarine Squadron); HC-9 (Helicopter Combat Support Squadron); Merchant Sealift Command
Location of Service
Pacific; Hawaii; Camp Lejeune (N.C.); Vietnam; Caribbean; Bogotá (Colombia)
Petty Officer 2nd Class
Prisoner of War
Service Related Injury
See video for details.
City of Birth
Country of Birth
Ferguson, Rodger Allen
Location of Interview
Randolph, Samuel C.; Cold War -- Personal Narratives; United States. Navy; Vietnam War, 1961-1975 -- Personal Narratives; United States. Marine Corps
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
Ferguson, Rodger Allen
Length of Interview
Department of History, University of Central Florida
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Central Florida, RICHES of, "Randolph, Samuel Cole interview" (2012). Veterans Oral Histories. 98.