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Description

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

Log

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

Date of Birth

1961-05-11

Place of Birth

Charlotte (N.C.)

Gender

Male

Race

White - Non Hispanic

Home State

North Carolina

War or Conflict

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

Status

Veteran

Begin/End date of Service - 1st

1981-08-14

2010-09-30

Entrance into Service

Enlisted

Branch of Service

U.S. Air Force

Unit of Service

45th Security Forces Squadron Patrick Air Force Base, Fl

Location of Service

Minot Air Force Base (N.D.); Naval Air Station Keflavik (Iceland); Harscom Air Force Base (Mass.); Altus Air Force Base (Okla.); Aviano Air Base (Italy); Richmond (Ky.); Scott Air Force Base (Ill.); Vance Air Force Base (Okla.); Cheyenne Moutain Air Force Station (Colo.); Fort Leavenworth (Kan.); MacDill Air Force Base (Fla.); Patrick Aire Force Base (Fla.); Germany; Kuwait; Qatar; Iraq

Highest Rank

Lieutenant Colonel; LtCol

Prisoner of War

No

Service Related Injury

No

Battles

Unspecified

Medals

Defense Meritorious Service Medal; Meritorious Service Medal; Air Force Commendation Medal; Air Force Achievement Medal; Good Conduct Medal; NATO Medal; Global War on Terrorism Service Medal; National Defense Service Medal; Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal

Achievements

10 years prior enlisted service then Officer Training School Headquarters, United States Central Command Staff; 3 times Squadron Commander

City of Birth

Charlotte

Country of Birth

United States

Interviewer

Ranon, Jenna

Interview Date

3-4-2011

Location of Interview

Melbourne, Florida

Subjects

Cannon, William C., Jr.; Post-Cold War Era; Afghanistan and Iraq Wars, 2001-present -- 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

Contributors

Ranon, Jenna

Length of Interview

33 minutes

Publisher

Department of History, University of Central Florida

Type

Audio; Sound

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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