Streaming Media


0:00 Introduction; 0:35 Childhood; 0:49 Parent's Occupation; 1:00 Other Family Members in the Military; 1:19 Reason for Joining the Air Force; 1:55 College Education before Joining; 2:00 Length of Time in the Service; 2:10 Basic Training; 2:32 Job and Duties during Basic Training; 3:13 Training for Air Operations Specialist; 3:31 Attending Officer Candidate School/Climbing Rank; 4:13 Thoughts on Officer Candidate School; 4:37 Further Training at Keesler Air Force Base; 4:58 Assignment to Communication Control; 5:28 Types of Communications Devices Used; 5:36 Going to Vietnam; 5:55 Job and Duties as Unit Commander; 6:20 First Impression of Vietnam; 6:43 Detachment in Qui Nhon Harbor; 7:14 Visiting Sites and Boosting Morale for Troops; 7:49 Ways to Relax during Downtime; 8:31 Rocket Attack during Tennis; 10:00 Incoming Fire from Enemy while in Helicopter; 10:47 Taping Messages for Family; 11:41 Wife and Other‘s feelings on Vietnam; 12:15 Wife Hearing of Phu Ket Being Overrun; 13:00 Helping a Vietnamese Orphanage and Leper Colony; 15:00 Building a House for Leper Colony; 15:30 More on Leper Colony; 16:20 More on Leper Colony; 17:00 Mosaic of 1983rd Communications Squadron; 17:15 Feelings on Last Day in Vietnam; 17:45 Contact with Agent Orange/Impact of Agent Orange; 18:50 Post-Traumatic Stress after Leaving Vietnam; 20:21 Awards and Medals; 21:40 Current Activities and Family; 23:11 Retirement from Military; 24:00 Conclusion



War or Conflict

Vietnam Era

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