Oral History interview of Hiram Mann. Interview conducted by Wilt, Ashley at Mann Residence.
0:01-0:40 Introduction; 0:41 -5:22 Early life, states lived in, education; 5:23-8:05 Enlists in Air Force reserve and discusses experiences with other race groups; 8:06-10:05 Interviewer asks 'After first year of college did you enter military?' 10:06-12:06 Interviewer asks about life prior to entering the service; 12:07-17:29 Describes writing a letter to the War Department to gain admittance to Army-Air Corps. Describes establishment of black training facility; 17:30-22:12 Describes entering Army-Air Force and active duty; 22:13-EOD1 End of Disk 1 (EOD1 ) Describes leaving Tuskegee Institute. Start of Second Disk 0:00-9:00 Discusses instances of cadets cheating during exams and race relations at base; 9:01-19:20 Discusses specific training exercises, going to Savannah, Georgia, North Africa. Relieving other units; 19:21-EOD2 Discusses post-service experiences. Start of Third Disk 0:00-20:20 Discussions missions conducted. 20:21-EOI End of interview (EOI). Discusses taking his wife to places he's been during his service. Ends interview with his thoughts on the military.
Date of Birth
Place of Birth
New York (N.Y.)
Black or African American
War or Conflict
World War II
Begin/End date of Service - 1st
Entrance into Service
Branch of Service
U.S. Air Force
Unit of Service
332 Fighter Group
Lieutenant Colonel; LtCol
Prisoner of War
Service Related Injury
Tuskegee Airman- First Generation to be admitted to flight training program; Combat Fighter Pilot
City of Birth
Country of Birth
Location of Interview
Mann, Hiram E.; World War, 1939-1945 -- Personal narratives; Women and the military -- United States; 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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Hiram, Mann E., "Mann, Hiram E interview" (2012). Veterans Oral Histories. 155.