Oral History interview of Richard Likon. Interview conducted by Matthews, Tim at University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL.
0:43 Childhood; 1:31 Entering ROTC at college; 1:57 Air Force Training; 2:20 Entering USAF Accounting and Finance; 2:59 First duty assignment; 4:24 Permanent assignment to 4602 Support Wing; 5:01 Air Attache Office; 6:02 Wife's health scare & life in Ottawa; 7:05 Duties of New Mexico assignment; 8:03 Reasons for going into the military; 8:35 Time at Clovis AFB; 8:52 Scholarship to University of Colorado/ College during Vietnam War; 10:30 Korat, Thailand assignment; 14:11 Becoming USAF comptroller; 14:30 USAF management schools; 15:46 Director of Pay & Travel; 17:07 Direct access to USAF budget; 18:02 Raising family while in Air Force; 19:13 Bitburg, Germany assignment; 23:31 Raising kids on base; 24:38 Traveling while in stationed in Germany; 25:46 Languages; 26:48 Assignment at HQ SAC; 31:19 Working with people in USAF; 35:00 Life after retirement; 39:13 Children's readjustment with each assignment/ their life now; 42:39 Worst memory of USAF; 42:56 Favorite experience; 46:11 Last comments.
Date of Birth
Place of Birth
New York (N.Y.)
White - Non Hispanic
War or Conflict
Begin/End date of Service - 1st
Entrance into Service
Branch of Service
U.S. Air Force
Lieutenant Colonel; LtCol
Prisoner of War
Merit Service Medal; Bronze Star
Directorate of Accounting and Finance (HQ TAC, Langley AFB); Directorate of budget (HQ SAC Offutt)
Married 52 years to Susan McViffen; Moved to Rockledge, FL in 1945; BA, University of the South, Sewanee, TN (1958); MS, University of Colorado (1969).
City of Birth
Country of Birth
Location of Interview
University of Central Florida Orlando, FL.
Likon, Richard Simpson; 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
Length of Interview
Department of History, University of Central Florida
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UCF Community Veterans History Project
Richard, Likon Simpson, "Likon, Richard Simpson interview" (2014). Veterans Oral Histories. 219.