Streaming Media


Oral History interview of Richard Likon. Interview conducted by Matthews, Tim at UCF Orlando, Fl.


0:43 Childhood; 1:31 Entering ROTC at college; 1:57 Air Force Training; 2:20 Entering USAF Accounting and Finance; 2:59 First duty assignment; 4:24 Permanent assignment to 4602 Support Wing; 5:01 Air Attache Office; 6:02 Wife's health scare & life in Ottawa; 7:05 Duties of New Mexico assignment; 8:03 Reasons for going into the military; 8:35 Time at Clovis AFB; 8:52 Scholarship to University of Colorado/ College during Vietnam War; 10:30 Korat, Thailand assignment; 14:11 Becoming USAF comptroller; 14:30 USAF management schools; 15:46 Director of Pay & Travel; 17:07 Direct access to USAF budget; 18:02 Raising family while in Air Force; 19:13 Bitburg, Germany assignment; 23:31 Raising kids on base; 24:38 Traveling while in stationed in Germany; 25:46 Languages; 26:48 Assignment at HQ SAC; 31:19 Working with people in USAF; 35:00 Life after retirement; 39:13 Children's readjustment with each assignment/ their life now; 42:39 Worst memory of USAF; 42:56 Favorite experience; 46:11 Last comments.

Date of Birth


Place of Birth

New York (N.Y.)




White - Non Hispanic

Home State

New York

War or Conflict

Vietnam Era



Begin/End date of Service - 1st



Entrance into Service


Branch of Service

U.S. Air Force

Highest Rank

Lieutenant Colonel; LtCol


Merit Service Medal; Bronze Star


Directorate of Accounting and Finance (HQ TAC, Langley AFB); Directorate of budget (HQ SAC Offutt)


Married 52 years to Susan McViffen; Moved to Rockledge, FL in 1945; BA, University of the South, Sewanee, TN (1958); MS, University of Colorado (1969).

City of Birth

New York

Country of Birth

United States


Matthews, Tim

Interview Date


Location of Interview

UCF Orlando, FL.

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

47 Minutes


Department of History, University of Central Florida


MovingImage; Video; Sound; Audio


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