Streaming Media


Oral History interview of Arnold Bierman. Interview conducted by Scherer, Roy H at UCF Orlando, FL.


0:32 Birthplace; 0:57 What his parents did for a living; 1:42 Pre-Military education; 2:06 Family in the Military; 2:22 Entering the military via the "Doctor's Draft" during Vietnam War; 3:04 Description of the "Barry Plan"; 3:37 Experience in Basic Training at Shepherd Air Force Base; 4:12 Obtaining his position at Orlando Air Force Base where he spent 2 years; 5:58 Description of his work as a pathologist; 6:58 Incident working as the General Medical Officer; 8:12 Description of who he treated at the Orlando Air Force Base Hospital; 8:41 Description of other doctors in the hospital; 9:13 Difference between residency training and working as a Captain in the AF; 9:52 Description of his family with his wife and children; 10:21 Discusses housing; 11:40 Discusses why the hospital was well equipped despite recession; 13:46 Discusses how he was never called to Vietnam during the war; 15:20 Explains how the hospital he worked at no longer exists; 15:56 Leaving the Air Force and decided to stay in Florida; 16:34 Working in Miami after leaving the Air Force before returning to Orlando; 17:41 Retirement; 18:16 Reflections on his experience; 18:47 Discusses how he enjoyed his experience; 19:32 Discusses what it means to be "Board Eligible" and "Board Certified".

Date of Birth


Place of Birth

St. Louis (Mo.)




White - Non Hispanic

Home State


War or Conflict

Vietnam Era



Begin/End date of Service - 1st



Entrance into Service


Branch of Service

U.S. Air Force

Unit of Service

Orlando Air Force Base Hospital

Location of Service

Orlando (Fla.)

Highest Rank

Captain; Capt

Prisoner of War


Service Related Injury



Director of Pathology (MD Pathologist)

City of Birth

St. Louis

Country of Birth

United States


Scherer, Roy H.

Interview Date


Location of Interview

UCF Orlando, FL


Bierman, Arnold H.; Vietnam War, 1961-1975 -- Personal Narratives; United States. Air Force

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

Length of Interview

22 Minutes


Department of History, University of Central Florida


Video; MovingImage


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.


University of Central Florida Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives

Contributing Project

UCF Community Veterans History Project

Document Type