Streaming Media

Description

Oral History interview of William Bowers. Interview conducted by Webb, Joshua at JHT Offices off of Research Parkway in Orlando, FL.

Log

0:00 Introduction; 0:33 Birth date and location; 0:41 Growing up in St. Louis; 1:16 Siblings; 1:29 Immediate family; 2:08 Parents occupation; 3:55 High School; 4:36 Family in the Military; 6:10 Decision to Enlist; 7:09 Family and Friends reactions to joining; 8:51 Military occupation; 11:05 Memorable experience from Basic Training; 13:41 Radar maintenance Technical Training; 14:39 Contact with Family; 15:48 First Station Offut AFB; 16:13 Getting to Offut; 16:27 Opinion of Nebraska; 17:19 Average day at Offut, Nebraska; 18:15 Memorable experiences in Nebraska (Marriage); 20:05 Awards; 22:31 Decision to not re-enlist; 25:55 Last day in Service; 28:57 Post-Military Education; 29:22 Post-Military Employment; 31:52 Contact with those he served with; 33:45 Move from St. Louis to Orlando; 36:46 Assessment of Military Career; 38:39 Advice for someone contemplating joining the Military; 40:58 Closing remarks.

Date of Birth

1953-02-09

Place of Birth

St. Louis (Mo.)

Gender

Male

Race

White - Non Hispanic

Home State

Missouri

War or Conflict

Vietnam Era

Status

Veteran

Begin/End date of Service - 1st

1972-02-08

1976-02-07

Entrance into Service

Enlisted

Branch of Service

U.S. Air Force

Unit of Service

Air Force Communications Service

Location of Service

Offutt Air Force Base (Neb.)

Highest Rank

Sergeant

Prisoner of War

Unspecified

Service Related Injury

Unspecified

Achievements

See the video

City of Birth

Bowers

Country of Birth

United States

Interviewer

Webb, Joshua

Interview Date

4-8-2015

Location of Interview

JHT Offices off of Research Parkway in Orlando, FL.

Subjects

Bowers, William R.; Vietnam War, 1961-1975 -- 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

Webb, Joshua

Length of Interview

43 Minutes

Publisher

Department of History, University of Central Florida

Type

Video; MovingImage

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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