Streaming Media

Description

Oral History interview of Thomas Walters. Interview conducted by Bajema, Nicklas; Blakley, Preston at University of Central Florida- Orlando, FL.

Log

00:01 Introduction; 00:32 Background; 00:58 Family life; 01:13 Parents careers; 01:55 Family members in military service; 02:17 Education prior to military service; 04:08 Reasons for joining the military; 11:57 Where commission received; 12:07 Basic training; 14:33 Officer training; 18:18 Most memorable experience; 20:16 First active duty assignment; 24:03 Responsibilities of first assignment; 25:06 Karat, Thailand; 27:07 Aircraft used; 28:20 Typical "combat mission" walk-through; 33:26 Posting preparations for career; 38:44 Equipment transported; 42:07 Most interesting assignment; 44:23 Medals Awarded; 47:06 Transition back to civilian life; 48:42 Accomplished since leaving military; 53:22 Advice for anyone interested in joining the Air Force; 55:22 Last Remarks; 55:48 Conclusion.

Date of Birth

1948-09-08

Place of Birth

Milwaukee (Wis.)

Gender

Male

Race

White - Non Hispanic

Home State

Wisconsin

War or Conflict

Persian Gulf War

Status

Veteran

Begin/End date of Service - 1st

1971-09-01

2000-02-28

Entrance into Service

Commissioned

Branch of Service

U.S. Air Force

Unit of Service

Vice Commander, 62nd Airlift Wing; Commander, 722nd Logistics Group; Commander, 22nd CAMS

Location of Service

Karat (Thailand)

Highest Rank

Lieutenant Colonel; LtCol

Prisoner of War

Unspecified

Service Related Injury

Unspecified

Battles

Operation Northern Watch; Operation Southern Watch

Medals

Legion of Merit Air Medal Defense Meritorious Service Medal; Air Force Meritorious Service Medal; Air Medal; Southwest Asia Service Medal; Combat Readiness Medal; Humanitarian Service Medal

Achievements

HQ Strategic Air Command; Fully qualified as an aircrew member in four different aircraft: EB-66C/E (22 Combat missions flown from Korat, Thailand), KC-135A, FB-135A, FB-111, and C-141

Note

Rated as a Navigator; Former Mayor of Oviedo

City of Birth

Milwaukee

Country of Birth

United States

Interviewer

Bajema, Nicklas; Blakley, Preston

Interview Date

7-15-2014

Location of Interview

University of Central Florida- Orlando, FL.

Subjects

Walters, Thomas G.; Persian Gulf War, 1991 -- 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

56 Minutes

Publisher

Department of History, University of Central Florida

Type

Audio; Sound; Video; MovingImage

Rights

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. http://library.ucf.edu/about/departments/special-collections-university-archives/

Repository

University of Central Florida Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives

Contributing Project

UCF Community Veterans History Project

Document Type

Interview


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