Oral History interview of Frank Dement. Interview conducted by Dull, Joshua at Veteran's Residence.
0:30 Birthplace, parents, childhood; 2:34 Family in the Service; 3:43 Aviation Cadet School Training, radar training; 5:36 Sent after training to Alabama; 6:13 Stationed: France / assignment as radar officer; 7:09 Top secret of Radar / Germans unable to jam radar; 8:29 First coming into the Army; 9:59 Nashville field; 11:42 Warbird combat; 12:23 Saved radio operator's life from anoxia; 13:40 Found problem of operators lack of oxygen; 14:34 Never claimed credit for saving life, just his duty; 15:27 How he earned the Distinguished Flying Cross; 17:31 Lead bomber group goes off course to Stuttgart, Germany; 19:05 Heading to Ruhr Valley, heaviest industrial area/heavily defended; 20:05 Threaten to jump plane, did not want to get shot down, ordered to return; 20:58 Called to division headquarters; 23:01 Problems with radar at high altitudes, used skill to fix problem; 25:43 Promoted and awarded Distinguished Flying Cross for fixing radar; 26:20 Gave job to his friend, since he already had promotion; 27:59 Explains mission map he brought of Western Europe Pre-World War II; 28:22 Not listed on map were 3 top secret reconnaissance missions on weather; 28:47 Figured out how to read drift using radar, helped with accuracy; 29:15 One of the first to operate radar during a thunder storm successfully; 31:03 Staying in contact with family / as officer looked over enlisted letters; 31:55 Coming home / R&R; 33:04 Boca Raton, FL for transition training for the B-29 Super Fortress; 34:13 Getting out of the Army / last day of service; 35:01 Going into inactive reserves; 35:33 After the service returned to electronic engineering / job; 36:27 Medals he earned; 37:13 Family life / how he met his wife; 40:12 How he ended up in Orlando, Florida / what he did for work; 41:11 Helped communications engineer get work with his team; 43:02 Communications engineer helps him get job at Lockheed Martin in FL; 44:39 Created his non-profit businesses repairing computers for needy; 46:40 Explains a core computer; 48:45 Ending the interview.
Date of Birth
Place of Birth
White - Non Hispanic
War or Conflict
World War II
Begin/End date of Service - 1st
Entrance into Service
Branch of Service
Unit of Service
95th bomber group; 8th Air Force; 3rd Division; 334th Squadron
Location of Service
Prisoner of War
Service Related Injury
Battle of the Bulge
Distinguished Flying Cross; Air Medal; Good Conduct Medal
Held two MOS's; 27 Combat Missions; 3 Recon missions - flew ahead of bombers to radio back weather and topography conditions; saved life of radio operator after shrapnel cut operator's oxygen line at high altitude; operated radar when device was new and top secret; 44 years as electronic engineer; 12 years volunteer computer repair; missionary computer fellowship.
Awarded Air Medal with 5 Oak Leaf Clusters.
City of Birth
Country of Birth
Location of Interview
Dement, James F.; World War, 1939-1945 -- Personal Narratives; United States. Army
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, "Dement, James F. interview" (2016). Veterans Oral Histories. 520.