Oral History interview of Lawrence Levine. Interview conducted by Young, Mary at UCF Orlando, FL.
00:03 Lead; 00:36 Biographical information; 2:43 Enlisting in the Air Force after being drafted into the Army; 6:49 Basic Training; 10:39 Choosing a job in USAF; 13:57 1st assignment I advanced training; 15:36 Airframe repairman duties; 18:00 Failing fiber glassing class and falling behind; 21:16 Orders to Europe, not Vietnam; 22:09 Specialized duties in Europe; 24:28 Leaving for Germany; 27:01 Relationship with others in unit; 27:34 Special Assignment; 28:21 Free time on base; 28:42 Communicating back home; 28:59 Preparedness for assignments; 29:18 Free time; 30:14 Getting married overseas; 31:22 Rank promotion; 31:52 Returning to U.S.; 32:28 Feelings about being discharged; 33:34 Post-war activities; 36:52 Treatment by civilians; 37:34 How the military affected civilian life; 39:29 Last remarks.
Date of Birth
Place of Birth
White - Non Hispanic
War or Conflict
Begin/End date of Service - 1st
Entrance into Service
Branch of Service
U.S. Air Force
Unit of Service
United States Air Force Europe DER 51; Hdq 8th Air Force Shaw AFB, South Carolina
Staff Sergeant; SSgt
Prisoner of War
Service Related Injury
Good Conduct Medal
Worked on General USAFE Plane; worked on F4s, Tanks, Pylon
City of Birth
Country of Birth
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
Department of History, University of Central Florida
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UCF Community Veterans History Project
Central Florida, RICHES of, "Levine, Lawrence Paul" (2014). Veterans Oral Histories. 259.