Oral history interview of Mr. Robert E. Duncan. Interview conducted by Walter Napier at the 581 Cruz Bay Circle in Winter Springs, Florida on 04/25/2018.
0:01 Introduction; 0:30 Birth date and childhood; 1:00 Parent's occupation; 1:12 Education; 1:30 Family in the military and the effects; 1:55 Jobs/Life before enlistment; 2:10 Decision to enlist; 2:55 Family's reaction to his enlistment; 3:08 Process of enlistment; 3:45 Boot camp; 4:30 First Duty station; 4:41 Average Day at Quantico; 5:10 Master Sergeant and the effects on him; 6:15 Joining the Marine Corps and Quantico; 6:50 Getting Leave; 6:57 Memorable experiences; 7:25 Decision to leave the Marine Corps/ Going to College; 8:22 Time at Western Michigan University; 9:20 ROTC training; 9:40 Going back to the military: Army; 10:12 Starting the Officer Training; 11:11 Job in the Army/ Fort Custard; 13:33 Serving as a Commissary officer; 14:00 Receiving his job; 15:20 Receiving notice of Korea; 16:19 Cease-fire going before landing; 16:50 Meeting his Sergeant again; 17:15 Being in Korea; 18:30 Feelings on the cease-fire; 19:00 Work in Korea; 19:45 Time on the front; 20:25 Difference between being enlisted and being an officer; 21:15 Life as a Marine vs. Army; 22:22 Impression of Japan; 23:00 Assignment after Korea; 23:41 Becoming a Mess Officer; 24:45 Length of service; 25:30 *Shows military documents*; 27:00 Return to civilian life; 27:30 Starting a career after the Army; 28:15 Advice for those considering the military; 28:55 Contact with soldiers he served with; 29:35 Final thoughts; 30:35 What it means to be a Marine; 31:45 Conclusion.
Date of Birth
Place of Birth
South Ben (Ind.)
War or Conflict
Entrance into Service
Branch of Service
U.S. Air Force
Unit of Service
72nd and 306th Security Police Squadrons; 8th Air Force SAC (Strategic Air Command)
Location of Service
Ramey Air Force Base (P.R.); McCoy Air Force Base (Fla.)
Prisoner of War
Service Related Injury
Guarded nuclear weapons and alert-area aircraft.
One Alert - 10/1970
City of Birth
Country of Birth
Location of Interview
Masonic Home of Florida, St. Petersburg, FL
Duncan, Robert E.; Korean War, 1950-1953 -- Personal Narratives; United States. Air Force
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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, "Duncan, Robert E. interview" (2018). Veterans Oral Histories. 589.