Streaming Media

Description

Oral history interview of Thomas J. Whitney. Interview conducted by Devin Whitney at Ganiesville, Florida.

Log

0:00 When joined military; 1:15 Boot camp/basic training; 3:45 Went to tech school; 7:45 First base after tech school; 11:00 First foreign base; 12:00 Description of job; 15:00 Why joined the Air Force; 17:00 First time came under mortar fire; 21:30 Discussion of rank; 22:00 What he did during the monsoons; 25:00 How free time was spent; 27:30 Cultural influences/differences; 31:00 Challenges of being in a warzone

Date of Birth

1948-08-30

Place of Birth

Williamsport (Pa.)

Gender

Male

Race

White - Non Hispanic

Home State

Pennsylvania

War or Conflict

Vietnam Era

Status

Veteran

Begin/End date of Service - 1st

1969-02-18

1972-12-08

Entrance into Service

Enlisted

Branch of Service

U.S. Air Force

Unit of Service

363 RTS (TAC); 432 RD (TAC)

Location of Service

Lackland Air Force Base (Tex.); Lowry Air Force Base (Colo.); Shaw Air Force Base (S.C.); Udorn (Tailand); Saigon (Vietnam)

Highest Rank

Sergeant

Prisoner of War

No

Service Related Injury

No

Medals

Air Force Commendation Medal

Achievements

See the video

City of Birth

Williamsport

Country of Birth

United States

Interviewer

Whitney, Devin

Interview Date

4-1-2011

Location of Interview

Ganiesville, Florida.

Subjects

Air Force; Mortar fire; Recreation; United States. Air Force

Collection Description

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

35 Minutes

Publisher

Department of History, University of Central Florida

Type

Video; MovingImage

Rights

All rights are held by the respective holding institution. This material is posted publicly for non-profit educational uses, excluding printed publication. For permission to reproduce and/or for copyright information contact Special Collections and University Archives, University of Central Florida Libraries, (407) 823-2576. http://library.ucf.edu/about/departments/special-collections-university-archives/

Repository

University of Central Florida Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives

Contributing Project

UCF Community Veterans History Project

Document Type

Interview


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