Oral History interview of David Bowers. Interview conducted by Semko, Rhett at Don Mealey's Sport Mazda.
0:34 Enlisting; 1:20 Reasons for choosing army; 2:45 Thoughts about job as linguist; 3:37 Locations served; 3:59 Favorite/Least favorite place served; 4:20 Equipment used; 6:49 Chinese involvement in Vietnam; 7:59 Normal days in intelligence; 10:36 Thoughts about leadership in intelligence; 13:29 Interesting days in Vietnam; 14:44 Difficulties with being in intelligence; 16:01 Thoughts about secrecy and stress related to job; 18:24 Code breaking; 19:59 Comparisons in technology; 21:47 Final thoughts on Vietnam; 1:27 Beginning of time served in Korea; 30:00 Tensions between North and South Koreans; 25:00 Thoughts about North Korea as a threat; 02:00 Interactions with North Koreans; 40:00 Thoughts about constant "battle ready" status; 00:00 Interesting days in Korea; 23:00 Final thoughts on Korea; 00:00 Contact with comrades after service; 47:00 Military service after Korea; 2:05 Service in Taiwan; 3:04 Reasons for leaving the military; 6:10 Final thoughts on overall military service.
Date of Birth
Place of Birth
White - Non Hispanic
War or Conflict
Begin/End date of Service - 1st
Entrance into Service
Branch of Service
Unit of Service
Location of Service
Hawaii; Vietnam; South Korea; Alabama; Texas; Maryland; Georgia; Taiwan
Prisoner of War
Service Related Injury
See video for details.
City of Birth
Country of Birth
Location of Interview
Don Mealey's Sport Mazda.
Bowers, David M.; Vietnam War, 1961-1975 -- 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 of, "Bowers, David Marshall interview" (2013). Veterans Oral Histories. 138.