Streaming Media


Oral history interview of William C. Cannon, Jr. Interview conducted by Jenna Ranon at Melbourne, Florida.


00:39 Loading trucks and taking classes prior to enlisting; 00:55 Told why he enlisted; 1:36 Entered at 20, get married shortly to Tiffany; 2:31 Described first day of basic training; 3:19 Recalled Technical Sgt. Palmer as one of his memorable instructors; 4:26 Talked about Air Force Security Forces Association that he is a member of; 6:15 Talked about the transition to officer; 8:48 Explained various duties for his position; 11:04 Talked about how he stayed in touch with his family; 15:08 Talked about wars he served in and responsibilities during different assignments; 18:28 Talked about the positive reaction of U.S. towards military; 19:15 Shared that he has received the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, 3 Meritorious Service Medals, 5 accommodations, and 6 achievement medals; 21:44 Explained why he retired after 29 years; 23:29 Talked about current job in Cape Canaveral; 25:10 Discussed the changes he noticed in Central Florida; 26:22 Shared his positive outlook on military; 30:29 Acknowledged the sacrifices his family has made



War or Conflict

Post-Cold War Era; Operation Iraqi Freedom; Operation Enduring Freedom, Afghanistan

Branch of Service

U.S. Air Force

Prisoner of War


Service Related Injury


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