Streaming Media


Oral History interview of Basil H. Pflumm. Interview conducted by Verlander, Connie at Village on the Green in Longwood, Fla.


0:00 Introduction; 0:44 Family and Childhood in Beech Grove, Ind.; 1:37 Education; 1:37 Education; 2:06 ROTC - Commissioned as Air Force Officer after College Graduation; 2:58 First Assignment to Japan Following Technical School; 3:55 Initial Assignment to 1038th Air Force Auditor Generals Group; 5:45 Site Activation Task Force; 6:32 Holloman AFB, N.M. - 1964; 8:06 Reassigned to New England; 10:24 Similarities in First Three Assignments; 10:43 Selected to go back to Graduate School via AFIT and University of Colo.; 11:31 Interaction with Civilians during 1st 10 years; 12:42 Family‘s Adjustment to Different Assignments; 14:45 Developmental years in Air Force Audit Career; 17:56 Top to Bottom Audit of Foreign Military Sales; 19:44 Budgeting Appropriations; 23:27 Different Challenges with each Assignment; 25:22 Pentagon Assignment - Began as Associate Auditor General; 26:23 Opportunity to Sit in on USAF Chief of Staff‘s Staff Meetings as Representative from General Accounting Office; 27:38 Names Cost Director for the USAF; 29:11 1980 Change in Legislation Changes Career Promotion; 33:24 Memorable Moments during Pentagon Assignment; 36:44 Anonymously Accused of Altering Financial Reports/Fallout; 40:45 Overall Feelings of Service; 44:03 Professional Recognition More Important than Medals Received; 45:32 Retirement; 45:55 Easy Transition into Civilian Life; 46:22 Move to Central Florida to be CFO of Institute of Internal Auditors; 47:05 End Comments

Date of Birth


Place of Birth

Beech Grove (Ind.)




White - Non Hispanic

Home State


War or Conflict

Vietnam Era



Begin/End date of Service - 1st



Entrance into Service


Branch of Service

U.S. Air Force

Unit of Service

1030 USAF Auditor General Group HQ; Air Force Audit Agency; HQ USAF

Location of Service

Tachikawa Airfield (Japan); Ellsworth Air Force Base (S.D.); Holloman Air Force Base (N.M.); Royal Air Force Alconbury (England)

Highest Rank

Brigadier General; BrigGen

Prisoner of War


Service Related Injury



Air Force Distinguished Service Medal; Legion of Merit; Meritorious Service Medal; Air Force Commendation Medal


Retired Commander of USAF Audit Agency; Was named Deputy Auditor General.

City of Birth

Beech Grove

Country of Birth

United States


Verlander, Connie

Interview Date


Location of Interview

Village on the Green in Longwood, Fla.


Pflumm, Basil H.; Vietnam War, 1961-1975 -- Personal Narratives; Vietnam War Era -- 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


Verlander, Connie

Length of Interview

49 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