Streaming Media

Description

Oral History interview of Richard Thomas. Interview conducted by Alex Kontos at Westminster Towers, Orlando, FL.

Log

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

1932-11-24

Place of Birth

Chicago (Ill.)

Gender

Male

Race

Unknown

Home State

Illinois

War or Conflict

Korean Conflict

Status

Veteran

Begin/End date of Service - 1st

1952-09-01

1972-08-01

Entrance into Service

Enlisted

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

Highest Rank

Master Sergeant; Master Sergeant (MSgt)

Prisoner of War

No

Service Related Injury

No

Achievements

Maintained Air Traffic Control equipment

Note

Served During Korea, Vietnam, and The Cold War Era

City of Birth

Chicago

Country of Birth

United States

Interviewer

Kontos, Alex

Interview Date

Fall 10-27-2015

Location of Interview

Westminster Towers, Orlando, FL.

Subjects

Thomas, Richard; Korean War, 1950-1953 -- 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

Kontos, Alex

Length of Interview

13 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

Semester

Fall


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