Oral History interview of Arnold Bierman. Interview conducted by Scherer, Roy H at University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL.
0:32 Birthplace; 0:57 What his parents did for a living; 1:42 Pre-Military education; 2:06 Family in the Military; 2:22 Entering the military via the "Doctor's Draft" during Vietnam War; 3:04 Description of the "Barry Plan"; 3:37 Experience in Basic Training at Shepherd Air Force Base; 4:12 Obtaining his position at Orlando Air Force Base where he spent 2 years; 5:58 Description of his work as a pathologist; 6:58 Incident working as the General Medical Officer; 8:12 Description of who he treated at the Orlando Air Force Base Hospital; 8:41 Description of other doctors in the hospital; 9:13 Difference between residency training and working as a Captain in the AF; 9:52 Description of his family with his wife and children; 10:21 Discusses housing; 11:40 Discusses why the hospital was well equipped despite recession; 13:46 Discusses how he was never called to Vietnam during the war; 15:20 Explains how the hospital he worked at no longer exists; 15:56 Leaving the Air Force and decided to stay in Florida; 16:34 Working in Miami after leaving the Air Force before returning to Orlando; 17:41 Retirement; 18:16 Reflections on his experience; 18:47 Discusses how he enjoyed his experience; 19:32 Discusses what it means to be "Board Eligible" and "Board Certified".
Date of Birth
Place of Birth
St. Louis (Mo.)
White - Non Hispanic
War or Conflict
Begin/End date of Service - 1st
Entrance into Service
Branch of Service
U.S. Air Force
Unit of Service
Orlando Air Force Base Hospital
Location of Service
Prisoner of War
Service Related Injury
Director of Pathology (MD Pathologist)
City of Birth
Country of Birth
Scherer, Roy H.
Location of Interview
University of Central Florida Orlando, FL
Bierman, Arnold H.; Vietnam War, 1961-1975 -- Personal Narratives; 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
Scherer, Roy H.
Length of Interview
Department of History, University of Central Florida
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Central Florida, RICHES of, "Bierman, Arnold H. interview" (2014). Veterans Oral Histories. 213.