Oral History interview of Harold Sievers. Interview conducted by Schneider, Sarah at Lake County, FL.
0:35 Birth date and place; 1:25 Parents occupations; 1:52 Children and the Shriners; 2:13 Going to school in the countryside; 3:30 High school and enlisting; 4:21 Starting a band and traveling with the band; 6:44 Family involvement in the military; 7:18 Doing a show with the band in Iowa; 8:25 County Fair; 8:55 Careers after the band; 10:00 Speaking to kids about music and language; 11:00 Siblings and discipline; 11:36 Joining the Air Force; 11:55 Sheriff vouches for him; 12:20 Sheriff's impact on town; 12:43 Sheriff votes in American Legion; 13:50 Conducting meetings and the union; 14:40 Working at a radio station; 14:55 Working with Delta; 15:05 Gets married and switches careers; 15:40 Outsourced jobs; 16:35 Involvement with local church; 17:30 Switzerland's mandatory service; 18:45 Trade skills in the military; 19:30 Registering DD214 at court house; 20:30 Basic Training; 21:05 Government taking care of cancer; 21:30 Serving with friends in Korea; 22:50 Living conditions in Korea; 23:15 Remains of buildings after bombing; 23:35 Honey-bucket wagon; 24:07 Taking care of orphans; 24:52 May Day protests; 26:10 Presidential Unit Citation; 26:46 Convoy; 27:00 Local Korean house boy; 28:00 Picture of destroyed buildings clean by local Koreans; 28:13 Topographical picture of base; 29:05 Friend hit by sniper; 29:19 Meets brother of a man he served with; 30:20 Movie theater; 31:00 Picture of Korean capital building; 32:00 Military currency; 32:30 Story of Duane Dewey; 33:30 Presenting to school children; 35:30 Bob Belford; 37:08 Kids write about vets; 37:25 Children involved in Veteran Outreach; 39:00 Eddie Cole; 40:10 Two Americans commit suicide; 41:06 Cole comes to America, becomes successful; 41:41 Names kids after two Americans who died; 42:20 Building the park; 42:41 9/11 memorial at park; 43:16 New flag for the park; 43:28 Field of flags; 43:49 60th Anniversary; 44:41 War memorials in Washington, D.C.; 45:20 President Obama gives a speech; 46:02 Korean girls sing at convention; 46:33 Organization raises money for scholarships; 46:54 Grandchild of man who survived Bataan Death March; 48:37 Making front Page of Lake Magazine; 48:55 Chapter patch; 49:39 Folds of the Flag; 50:17 Auctioneer degree; 50:50 Questions for kids at school; 51:20 Brochures and pictures of different organizations; 52:40 Medals; 53:54 Responsibilities with the Korean War Vets; 55:05 Performs military funeral rites; 57:55 More medals; 1:01:35 Conflict versus war; 1:02:35 Serving with people of different faiths; 1:04:20 General gets a bible; 1:05:55 Getting involved in soccer; 1:06:46 Meeting pamphlets; 1:07:10 The Forgotten War; 1:07:25 Pictures drawn by children; 1:07:55 Getting soil from Iwo Jima; 1:10:30 Members of the organizations and the stories; 1:14:37 Conclusion.
Date of Birth
Place of Birth
Crawford County (Iowa)
War or Conflict
Begin/End date of Service - 1st
Entrance into Service
Branch of Service
U.S. Air Force
Unit of Service
605th TAC control squadron 502nd TAC control group
Location of Service
Airman First Class; A1C
Prisoner of War
Service Related Injury
Was an electrician working on runway lighting, AC & W outfits. Delivered the cease fire to end the war or was somehow involved in the cease fire. Units' involvement in shooting down mgs.
"Belongs to and is active in 7 veterans organizations. Spent 2 winters in Korea and as a result had frostbite (service-related injury was the frostbite). Chose to enlist because he was told by a friend that 2 weeks later he would be drafted, so he decided to choose the branch of service. Worked for Delta Air Lines after his service. Turned down a position as a Staff Sergeant so his friend could have it." - The interviewer.
City of Birth
Country of Birth
Location of Interview
Lake County, FL.
Sievers, Harold; 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, "Sievers, Harold interview" (2016). Veterans Oral Histories. 446.