Streaming Media


Oral History interview of Russell Blair. Interview conducted by Verlander, Connie at Village on the Green in Longwood, Fla.


0:00 Introduction; 0:37 Early Life; 1:27 Traveling and Moving; 2:13 Schooling in San Jose Costa Rica; 2:59 High School in Germany; 3:25 Graduated early in 1949; 4:12 Joined Army National Guard; 4:33 Enlisted in army; 5:34 Transferred to Army Band; 6:10 Basic training in Fort Dicks; 6:46 Experience at West Point Military Academy; 7:37 Decision to leave the service; 8:01 Commercial Broadcasting; 8:42 Germany trial and experience living in Germany; 11:08 Lessons from the service; 12:10 Radio station at school; 12:42 Came to Florida; 13:16 Radio Station work in Springfield, MA; 14:05 Job at Public Relations Department at Tupperware; 14:59 Retirement and views on the US Army; 15:24 Volunteering at Police Department; 16:04 Final Thoughts; 16:25 Conclusion.

Date of Birth


Place of Birth

Ft. Benning (Ga.)




White - Non Hispanic

Home State


War or Conflict

Korean Conflict




Entrance into Service


Branch of Service

U.S. Army

Unit of Service

U.S. Army Military Academy Prep School; 180th Special Regiment; 9th Infantry Division.

Location of Service

Fort Dicks (N.J.); West Point (N.Y.); Germany

Highest Rank

Private First Class; PFC

Prisoner of War


Service Related Injury



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“Grew up in career military (Army) family; Lived in Hawaii, Costa Rica and Germany during much of my school age years, including all of my high school (Nuremberg and Munich) in Germany; Briefly attended U.S. Military Academy at West Point (class of 1956); Left to attend American International College, Springfield Mass. to pursue a career in broadcasting; Worked in radio and TV from 1953-1963 followed by a 29 year career with Tupperware Corp; Retired in 1992; Have worked as a volunteer with Altamonte Springs, FL police department since 2002.“ - The Veteran.

City of Birth

Ft. Benning

Country of Birth

United States


Verlander, Connie

Interview Date


Location of Interview

Village on the Green in Longwood, Fla.


Blair, Russell; Korean War, 1950-1953 -- 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


Verlander, Connie

Length of Interview

16 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