Streaming Media


Oral History interview of John Sager. Interview conducted by Hearst, Patricia at UCF Orlando, Fl.


0:29 Early childhood growing up on a farm; 3:28 Family members in the military; 4:22 Description of what an agricultural engineer is; 6:28 Education prior to entering the military; 7:20 Receiving his commission into the Army and private pilot's license; 8:05 Experience in ROTC; 9:19 Influence of the Vietnam War on his decision to becoming an officer; 9:55 Experience in Officer Basic Training; 10:42 Becoming a company commander; 11:44 Becoming a helicopter pilot; 12:30 Flying after he left the military; 14:18 Experience at the Corps of Engineers and Army procedure; 16:37 Explanation of Assault Helicopter Pilot; 18:47 Dangers he encountered as an Assault Helicopter Pilot; 20:21 Amount of troops he would carry into combat zones; 22:02 Description of night missions; 23:46 Being assigned missions and his final mission; 26:26 Medals he was awarded and how he got each one; 29:55 What he did after leaving Vietnam; 30:48 Leaving the Army and starting graduate school; 31:55 Why he decided to not stay in the military; 32:51 Transition to civilian life; 34:18 Opinion on current reception of returning soldiers; 34:36 Receiving thanks for his experience now; 34:58 What he learned from the military that transferred to his civilian life; 36:16 Why he would not like to go back to Vietnam; 37:13 Activities after leaving the military; 40:36 Reflections on his progression to receiving his doctorate; 40:57 People he remained in contact with after leaving the service; 43:52 His reflection on the leadership in the Army during his service.

Date of Birth


Place of Birth

New Castle (Pa.)




White - Non Hispanic

Home State


War or Conflict

Vietnam Era



Begin/End date of Service - 1st



Entrance into Service


Branch of Service

U.S. Army

Unit of Service

B/229th Aviation Battalion; 1st Cavalry Division Corps of Engineers

Highest Rank

Captain; CPT

Prisoner of War


Service Related Injury



Distinguished Flying Cross; Bronze Star; Air Medal


Helicopter Pilot; Instrumental Rated Standardization Pilot

City of Birth

New Castle

Country of Birth

United States


Hearst, Patricia

Interview Date


Location of Interview

UCF Orlando, Fl.


Sager, John C.; Vietnam War, 1961-1975 -- Personal Narratives; United States. Army

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

45 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