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Oral History interview of Henry Spang. Interview conducted by Flewelling, Stephen at UCF Orlando, FL.


00:00 Introductions; 00:38 Early years; 00:51 Discussion of parents life and marriage; 01:45 Mr. Spang discusses family; 02:05 Education at Mississippi State; 02:40 ROTC at Mississippi State; 03:15 Entering into the service after graduation/getting married; 04:08 The Korean War; 04:40 Arriving at Lowry Air Force base; 05:25 Entering the service as the Korean War started; 07:00 Discussing training in the service; 08:00 Example of soldiers abusing the system to collect double pay; 09:45 Trouble during his sophomore year/spending too much on beer; 11:30 4 years of college, 8,000 dollars; 13:38 Propeller vs. jet training procedures; 14:49 First assignment - accelerated electronics training/creating epaulettes; 17:16 Albuquerque, New Mexico - combat training; 18:50 First child – 1952; 21:00 Career in the reserves/Mississippi; 22:20 Racial situation in the early '60s/segregated units; 24:20 Eating lunch with black officers; 25:31 Working while in the reserves; 26:42 Mr. Spang discusses bomb shelters, the hydrogen bomb; 27:00 Moving to Minneapolis - lived there for 27 years; 28:39 "Prime Beef" unit - to be available to go anywhere in the world with 24 hour; 31:38 Reserve contracting officer; 33:44 Going to Alaska in the summer; 34:12 Going to Gulf Port after Hurricane Camille; 35:20 Combat Infantry training in the Air Force; 38:00 Discussing unexpected reserve commissions; 38:50 Life after reserve service/Children; 42:00 Keeping up with fellow servicemen; 42:39 Regretting full support of Vietnam War; 44:00 Reflections on his service; 44:52 Firmly believes in universal military training; 46:24-48:02 WW2 service members PTSD.

Place of Birth

New Orleans (La.)




White - Non Hispanic

War or Conflict

Korean Conflict; Vietnam Era

Interview Date


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


Department of History, University of Central Florida


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