Oral History interview of James Jardon. Interview conducted by Campbell, Tyler at JHT Offices off of Research Parkway in Orlando, FL.
0:00 Introduction; 0:29 Birth Place and date; 0:35 Parents Occupation; 0:44 Family in the Military; 0:51 Education before joining the Military; 1:02 Reserve Officer Training Corps; 1:10 Reason for joining the military; 1:30 Family Reactions; 1:47 Family or Friends drafted; 2:20 Training before commission; 3:08 Advanced Training; 3:28 Tyndall Air Force Base; 3:38 Deciding to become a pilot; 3:48 First Assignment; 4:36 Average day at Keesler Air Force Base; 5:08 Pilot training after Tyndell; 5:30 Going to Okinawa; 5:34 Pilot training; 6:07 T-41s; 6:18 Pilot training (continued); 7:04 Opinion of Okinawa; 7:50 Car in Okinawa; 8:07 Keeping in contact with family while overseas; 8:24 Interaction with Japanese locals; 8:52 Vietnam War information; 9:37 Battles in Vietnam; 9:45 B-52s; 10:08 Linebacker II; 11:03 Memorable experience from Vietnam; 13:45 Time in Okinawa; 14:07 Time in Orlando; 14:25 Opinion of Strategic Air Command in Nebraska; 14:57 Hearing about the end of the Vietnam War; 16:11 Duties in Nebraska; 16:46 Stationed at Robins Air Force base; 17:09 Retiring out of Strategic Air Command; 17:14 Ending of Service; 17:18 Last day of Service; 18:20 Most Memorable day; 18:50 Average day as a Squadron Commander.
Date of Birth
Place of Birth
White - Non Hispanic
War or Conflict
Begin/End date of Service - 1st
Entrance into Service
Branch of Service
U.S. Air Force
Location of Service
Tyndall Air Force Base (Fla.); Keesler Air Force Base (Miss.); Okinawa Island (Japan); Vietnam; Orlando (Fla.); Robins Air Force Base (Ga.)
Lieutenant Colonel; LtCol
Prisoner of War
Service Related Injury
Operation Linebacker II
Meritorious Service Medal; Distinguished Flying Cross; Air Medal
See the video
Awarded Meritorious Service Medal twice, Distinguished Flying Cross three times and Air Medal seventeen times.
City of Birth
Country of Birth
Location of Interview
JHT Offices off of Research Parkway in Orlando, FL.
Jardon, James E.; 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, "Jardon, James E. interview" (2015). Veterans Oral Histories. 352.