Oral History interview of William Lyons. Interview conducted by Wilt, Ashley at University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL.
0:00-0:28 Introduction; 0:29-3:59 Childhood; 4:00-8:29 ROTC during college; 8:30-10:59 Accepts Reserve Quarter Master position, discusses various positions and assignments; 11:00-16:59 Arriving in Vietnam, serving in Vietnam; 17:00-17:55 Accepting fate and public opinions; 17:56-18:15 Family history of military service; 18:16-28:13 Graduation date and rank, officer perspective, feelings on draft conscientious objectors; 28:14-30:05 Two separate riots, race, and anti-war; 30:06-32:29 Being in Florida during childhood; 32:30-35:25 American atmosphere in late 1960's; 35:26-37:59 Effects of military on rest of life.
Date of Birth
Place of Birth
War or Conflict
Begin/End date of Service - 1st
Entrance into Service
Branch of Service
U.S. Army Reserve
Unit of Service
U.S. Army Quartermaster School; U.S. Army Air Defense School; U.S. Army Depot Cam Rohm Bay RVN
Prisoner of War
Service Related Injury
Army Commendation Medal
See the video.
Awarded Army Commendation Medal with First Oak Leaf Cluster.
City of Birth
Country of Birth
Location of Interview
University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL.
Lyons, William C.; 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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UCF Community Veterans History Project
Central Florida, RICHES of, "Lyons, William Callahan interview" (2011). Veterans Oral Histories. 154.