Oral History interview of Paul Tyler. Interview conducted by Schneider, Sarah at Orlando, FL.
0:33 Birthplace and date; 1:04 Growing up in Philadelphia; 1:29 Parents occupations; 1:50 School experience; 2:42 Leaving trade school to work; 4:50 Civil Air Patrol and enlisting in the Air Force; 5:48 Family reactions to joining the military; 6:15 Basic Training; 6:57 Advanced training; 8:18 Contrasts between basic training and first station; 11:24 How military bases are operated; 12:10 Working with fire protection systems; 14:10 Providing training for inexperienced plumbers; 15:35 Orlando during his service at McCoy Air Base; 17:55 Running into people he served with; 19:40 Air shows; 20:50 Normal work day routine and schedule; 21:33 Military housing; 24:02 Security clearances; 25:05 Wakkanai, Japan; 26:10 Duties while in Japan; 26:45 Interacting with non-Japanese foreigners; 28:13 Interacting with local Japanese; 30:20 Interacting with Japanese Defense Force; 30:50 Contacting family and friends in the states; 31:15 Housing situation in Japan for U.S. military members; 32:15 Traveling to the base upon arrival in Japan; 33:40 Relationship with fellow service members; 35:15 Meeting airplanes across town; 36:32 Accidentally plowing a vehicle with a snowplow; 37:42 Accidents; 39:20 Exiting the military; 40:10 Treatment of the military by the public; 40:45 Received education after military; 41:10 Jobs as an engineer; 42:00 Aspects of the Civil Air Patrol; 43:42 Searching for Air Force One missing part; 45:10 Downed Beechcraft Bonanza; 46:00 Dating his future wife; 47:00 Friend goes from Enlisted to Officer in the military; 47:53 Working with the Civil Air Patrol while stationed at McCoy; 48:55 Medals and Awards; 49:15 Base operations versus the Air Wing chains of command; 51:00 Radar operations over Cuba; 51:55 Medals and awards associated with organization; 53:40 Decision not to have children; 54:12 Influence of life; 55:00 Conclusion.
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
Unit of Service
McCoy AFB; 6986 Security Group
Location of Service
Orlando (Fla.); Wakknai (Japan)
Prisoner of War
Service Related Injury
Please see video
City of Birth
Country of Birth
Location of Interview
Tyler, Paul; 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, "Tyler, Paul interview" (2016). Veterans Oral Histories. 434.