Oral History interview of William Bowers. Interview conducted by Webb, Joshua at JHT Offices off of Research Parkway in Orlando, FL.
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
Place of Birth
St. Louis (Mo.)
White - Non Hispanic
War or Conflict
Begin/End date of Service - 1st
Entrance into Service
Branch of Service
U.S. Air Force
Unit of Service
Air Force Communications Service
Location of Service
Offutt Air Force Base (Neb.)
Prisoner of War
Service Related Injury
See the video
City of Birth
Country of Birth
Location of Interview
JHT Offices off of Research Parkway in Orlando, FL.
Bowers, William R.; Vietnam War, 1961-1975 -- Personal Narratives; United States. Air Force
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
Length of Interview
Department of History, University of Central Florida
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Central Florida, RICHES of, "Bowers, William R. interview" (2015). Veterans Oral Histories. 339.