Oral History interview of Martin Harris. Interview conducted by Benz, Bryan at Community Center 500 Village Pl, Longwood, FL 3277.
0:25 Birth date and location; 0:38 Life growing up in New York; 1:12 College; 1:43 Growing up in the great depression; 2:22 Brother in World War II; 3:11 Experience with World War II; 4:22 Further explanation of college; 4:49 Decision to join the Air Force; 5:37 Training in the service; 6:47 Decision to go into Air Research and Development Command; 7:20 Explanation of not being a Pilot; 7:42 Position in Air Research and Development Command/ Nuclear Weapons; 9:36 Opinion on Nuclear Weapons; 10:10 Life in the Air Force; 11:30 Most memorable experience in the Air Force; 13:11 Life as an officer vs. enlisted; 13:46 Highest Rank attained; 15:20 Awards received; 16:00 Attaining the Good Service Medal; 16:27 Thoughts on the Korean Conflict; 16:56 Locations of stations; 17:42 Thoughts on Vietnam War; 18:21 Thoughts on opposition to the war in Vietnam; 19:19 Thoughts on the Civil Rights movement; 20:32 Thoughts on the first Moon Landing; 21:29 Thoughts on the Cold War; 22:16 Retirement from the military/ Air Force Association; 25:18 How the AFA educates the people; 26:43 Being the President of the AFA; 28:06 Thoughts on modern day Korea; 29:37 Advice to future generations regarding joining the military; 31:13 Final thoughts.
Date of Birth
Place of Birth
New York (N.Y.)
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 System Command; Air Research and Development Command
Location of Service
Prisoner of War
Service Related Injury
Air Force Longevity Service Award; Good Service Medal
See the video
Elected National President and Chairman of Board of Air Force Association 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987.
City of Birth
Country of Birth
Location of Interview
Community Center 500 Village Pl, Longwood, FL 3277.
Harris, Martin; Korean War, 1950-1953 -- 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, "Harris, Martin interview" (2015). Veterans Oral Histories. 350.