Streaming Media


Oral History interview of Ronald Hearst. Interview conducted by Wiggins, Leanne at UCF Orlando, FL.


0:40 Early childhood; 1:36 Education growing up; 2:05 Joining the reserves and the Naval Academy; 2:35 Family members in the service; 3:20 Joining the Air Force after leaving the Naval Academy; 4:15 Experience joining the Naval Academy; 5:20 Transitioning from public school to prep school; 6:45 Additional training in missiles in Omaha after joining Air Force; 9:22 Being transferred to various places for missile training before becoming an engineer in Glasgow, Montana; 10:25 Description of his job as an engineer; 11:48 Attended Squadron Officers School then was stationed in England; 13:48 Transitioning to England; 14:45 Being in England during the Cuban Missile Crisis & working with missiles; 16:43 Being stationed in northern England and life there & moving near London; 18:52 Interacting with the British; 20:25 Typical day in England; 22:26 Cuban Missile Crisis experience; 29:41 Leaving England and going to the University of Missouri; 30:22 Transitioning from being on base to graduate school; 31:20 Being called out of graduate school for active duty for Vietnam War; 34:20 Moving to southeast Asia & bringing his family over to Taiwan & Thailand; 35:14 How his duties changed after graduate school and life in Asia; 37:34 Arriving in Thailand and life in U-Tapao; 39:54 Interacting with the Thais (civilian and military) on a daily basis; 42:18 Typical day in Thailand; 45:51 Description of Bachelor Officer's Quarters (BOQ); 47:13 Communicating home while in Thailand; 49:20 Describes his most memorable moment in Thailand - the death of a young Thai boy who was accidentally killed on-site and the burial issues; 55:35 End of Part 1 of Interview; 56:14 Leaving Thailand, going to the States for a brief period, then being stationed in Taipei, Taiwan and bringing his family overseas; 58:24 Experience in Diplomatic School; 1:00:33 Returning to the states after being in Thailand for a year; 1:05:12 Problems with communicating overseas. 1:05:43 Arriving in Taiwan and first impressions of Taiwan; 1:06:10 Experience with the taking of the USS Pueblo while he was in Asia; 1:07:24 Trying to get to South Korea to teach troops to do revetments after taking of the USS Pueblo.



War or 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


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University of Central Florida Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives

Contributing Project

UCF Community Veterans History Project

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