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Joseph Horvath, Interviewed by Kyla Harper, 2019
Oral History Log and Summary
Name of Person Interviewed: Joseph Horvath
Other people present: Marge Horvath, Julie Harper
Researcher: Kyla Harper
Date of Interview: May 12th, 2019
Location of Interview: Joseph’s home, Spokane, Washington
Special Conditions (noise, interruptions, etc.): 2 different clock sounds at different times throughout the interview. The phone vibrates 2 times. A few times his wife Marge reminds him of something he may have forgotten about. Throughout the entire interview, there's a background noise due to a broken ice maker.
General description of contents: Joseph Horvath discusses where he went and what he did during the time he served on base during the Vietnam era. He shares some of his most memorable times while he was in Germany on base. He also talks about what he and his wife did after he was no longer enlisted in the military.
Length of interview: 18:03
0:00 - 0:08
0:08 - 0:13
Were you drafted or did you enlist?
0:19 - 0:29
Where were you living at the time?
0:32 - 1:02
Why did you join?
1:04 - 1:27
What did your first days in service feel like?
1:30 - 1:42
How did you get through it all?
1:44 - 2:38
Which war(s) did you serve in? Do you remember arriving and what was it like?
2:44 - 3:29
What was your job/assignment?
3:29 - 3:40
Out of all those jobs, which was your favorite?
3:41 - 4:09
So were any of your friends there with you?
4:11 - 4:18
Were their many casualties in your unit?
4:20 - 5:02
Tell me about a couple of your most memorable experiences.
5:03 - 5:24
Were you able to see her a lot throughout the weeks?
5:25 - 5: 38
Were you a prisoner of war? If so, tell me about your experiences in captivity and when you were freed.
5:40 - 6:13
Were you awarded any medals or citations? If so, how did you get them?
6:14 - 6:45
Where was your family while you were serving?
6:46 - 7:06
So you guys never went and saw your parents when you were on leave?
7:08 - 7:33
How did you stay in touch with your family?
7:35 - 8:00
Did you get mail every day?
8:10 - 8:45
What did you do on your leave?
8:46 - 9:12
How old was your child in Germany?
9:14 - 9:48
Do you recall any particularly humorous or unusual events?
9:50 - 10:09
How did Kennedy’s assassination make you feel?
10:13 - 10:29
What did you think of officers or fellow soldiers?
10:30 - 10:48
Did you guys hang out a lot when you could? And did you work with most of them?
10:49 - 10:53
Did they have families?
10:55 - 11:16
Do you recall the day your service ended?
11:17 - 11:48
Did you meet your wife before you were sent to Germany?
11:51 - 12:04
How did you guys stay in contact once you left?
12:07 - 12:19
What did you do in the days and weeks afterward?
12:20 - 12:34
When did you start that job?
12:35 - 13:09
Did you make any close friendships while you were in service?
13:10 - 13:19
Do you know if they are still around today?
13:20 - 13:46
What did you go on to do as a career after the war?
13:47 - 14:01
What did your wife do as a career?
14:03 - 14:19
Did you guys have more kids after you returned home from Germany?
14:20 - 14:45
How did your service and experiences affect your life?
14:48 - 15:09
Do you ever have any flashbacks of what you used to do?
15:10 - 15:32
Is there anything else you wanted to mention?
15:33 - 16:06
Do you think you would want to do a different experience or…?
16:07 - 16:18
So you wanted to be done after four years because you were married and had your family?
16:18 - 16:41
Would you have stayed in Germany do you think?
16:45 - 18:03
He told me about how you had to have approval in Germany for just about everything and he showed me all the paperwork the base made him sign.
Mr. Joseph Horvath