Oral History interview of Paul Porter. Interview conducted by Schneider, Sarah at Orlando, FL.
0:30 Birthplace and location; 0:44 Growing up in North Carolina; 1:25 Siblings; 1:45 Education; 2:05 Selecting electrical engineering; 2:50 Family history of military service; 3:05 Entry into the military; 3:20 Reason for joining the Air Force; 3:35 Family reaction to joining the service; 3:55 ROTC; 4:44 Flight training; 7:55 Living conditions; 9:00 Relationship with other students; 9:05 Being stationed in Japan; 10:25 Impressions of Japan; 11:06 Interacting with locals; 12:00 Duties in Japan; 12:35 Typical day in Japan; 14:35 Flying off the deck of USS Hornet; 15:40 Practice flights; 16:15 Uniforms; 17:30 Flight briefings; 18:15 Target practice; 19:10 Serving after the armistice was signed; 19:37 Korea; 20:00 Engine blows while landing; 21:20 Contacting family while in Japan; 22:10 Reception upon return; 22:42 Going back to college; 24:15 Marriage and family; 25:25 Coming to Florida to work; 25:43 Veterans groups and medals; 26:00 Hobbies and farming; 26:58 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
40th Fighter; Interceptor Squadron
Location of Service
Yokota Air Force Base (Japan)
First Lieutenant; 1stLt
Prisoner of War
Service Related Injury
All Weather Interceptor Pilot
City of Birth
Country of Birth
Location of Interview
Porter, Paul; 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, "Porter, Paul interview" (2016). Veterans Oral Histories. 437.