Oral History interview of John Sager. Interview conducted by Hearst, Patricia at University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL.
0:29 Early childhood growing up on a farm; 3:28 Family members in the military; 4:22 Description of what an agricultural engineer is; 6:28 Education prior to entering the military; 7:20 Receiving his commission into the Army and private pilot's license; 8:05 Experience in ROTC; 9:19 Influence of the Vietnam War on his decision to becoming an officer; 9:55 Experience in Officer Basic Training; 10:42 Becoming a company commander; 11:44 Becoming a helicopter pilot; 12:30 Flying after he left the military; 14:18 Experience at the Corps of Engineers and Army procedure; 16:37 Explanation of Assault Helicopter Pilot; 18:47 Dangers he encountered as an Assault Helicopter Pilot; 20:21 Amount of troops he would carry into combat zones; 22:02 Description of night missions; 23:46 Being assigned missions and his final mission; 26:26 Medals he was awarded and how he got each one; 29:55 What he did after leaving Vietnam; 30:48 Leaving the Army and starting graduate school; 31:55 Why he decided to not stay in the military; 32:51 Transition to civilian life; 34:18 Opinion on current reception of returning soldiers; 34:36 Receiving thanks for his experience now; 34:58 What he learned from the military that transferred to his civilian life; 36:16 Why he would not like to go back to Vietnam; 37:13 Activities after leaving the military; 40:36 Reflections on his progression to receiving his doctorate; 40:57 People he remained in contact with after leaving the service; 43:52 His reflection on the leadership in the Army during his service.
Date of Birth
Place of Birth
New Castle (Pa.)
White - Non Hispanic
War or Conflict
Begin/End date of Service - 1st
Entrance into Service
Branch of Service
Unit of Service
B/229th Aviation Battalion; 1st Cavalry Division Corps of Engineers
Prisoner of War
Service Related Injury
Distinguished Flying Cross; Bronze Star; Air Medal
Helicopter Pilot; Instrumental Rated Standardization Pilot
City of Birth
Country of Birth
Location of Interview
University of Central Florida Orlando, FL.
Sager, John C.; 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, "Sager, John C. interview" (2014). Veterans Oral Histories. 224.