Oral History interview of Richard Thomas. Interview conducted by Alex Kontos at Westminster Towers, Orlando, FL.
0:38 Growing up in Chicago; 1:24 His parents, what they did, and being the only family member in military; 1:50 Education before joining the military; 2:00 Joined the Illinois International Guard; 2:22 Where stationed while in the Air Force, how friend wanted to swap; 3:22 Spots training received before joining the Air Force; 3:57 Military experience during the Korean War; 4:36 Types of jobs he had while in Newfoundland; 4:46 Views on the Korean War; 5:13 Military Experience during the Vietnam War; 6:16 Views on the Vietnam War; 6:44 Assassination of John F. Kennedy and how it affected military service; 0:34 Military experience during the Cold War; 1:57 Types of jobs during the Cold War; 2:25 When he achieved the rank of Master Sergeant; 2:50 When he ended his service in the military, and his post-war occupation; 3:17 Didn't keep in touch with anyone from the service and why; 3:31 How he described his entire service in the military; 4:04 Couldn't get a job with Nasa, and how his training helped him land a job; 5:28 Final description of the military; hard on the family and moving a lot.
Date of Birth
Place of Birth
War or Conflict
Begin/End date of Service - 1st
Entrance into Service
Branch of Service
U.S. Air Force
Unit of Service
Air Communication Service, Air National Guard
Location of Service
Alaska; Newfoundland and Labrador; France; England
Master Sergeant; Master Sergeant (MSgt)
Prisoner of War
Service Related Injury
Maintained Air Traffic Control equipment
Served During Korea, Vietnam, and The Cold War Era
City of Birth
Country of Birth
Location of Interview
Westminster Towers, Orlando, FL.
Thomas, Richard; 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, "Thomas, Richard" (2015). Veterans Oral Histories. 396.