Oral History interview of Henry Spang. Interview conducted by Flewelling, Stephen at University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL.
0:01 Introductions; 0:38 Early years; 0:51 Discussion of parents life and marriage; 1:45 Mr. Spang discusses family; 2:05 Education at Mississippi State; 2:40 ROTC at Mississippi State; 3:15 Entering into the service after graduation/getting married; 4:08 The Korean War; 4:40 Arriving at Lowry Air Force base; 5:25 Entering the service as the Korean War started; 7:00 Discussing training in the service; 8:00 Example of soldiers abusing the system to collect double pay; 9:45 Trouble during his sophomore year/spending too much on beer; 11:30 4 years of college, 8,000 dollars; 13:38 Propeller vs. jet training procedures; 14:49 First assignment - accelerated electronics training/creating epaulettes; 17:16 Albuquerque, New Mexico - combat training; 18:50 First child – 1952; 21:00 Career in the reserves/Mississippi; 22:20 Racial situation in the early '60s/segregated units; 24:20 Eating lunch with black officers; 25:31 Working while in the reserves; 26:42 Mr. Spang discusses bomb shelters, the hydrogen bomb; 27:00 Moving to Minneapolis - lived there for 27 years; 28:39 "Prime Beef" unit - to be available to go anywhere in the world with 24 hour; 31:38 Reserve contracting officer; 33:44 Going to Alaska in the summer; 34:12 Going to Gulf Port after Hurricane Camille; 35:20 Combat Infantry training in the Air Force; 38:00 Discussing unexpected reserve commissions; 38:50 Life after reserve service/Children; 42:00 Keeping up with fellow servicemen; 42:39 Regretting full support of Vietnam War; 44:00 Reflections on his service; 44:52 Firmly believes in universal military training; 46:24-48:02 WW2 service members PTSD.
Date of Birth
Place of Birth
New Orleans (La.)
White - Non Hispanic
War or Conflict
Korean Conflict; Vietnam Era
Begin/End date of Service - 1st
Begin/End date of Service - 2nd
Entrance into Service
Branch of Service
U.S. Air Force
Unit of Service
Special Weapons Project; USAF Reserve Assignments, Locations
Location of Service
Lieutenant Colonel; LtCol
Prisoner of War
Service Related Injury
See video for details.
Married with 4 children
City of Birth
Country of Birth
Location of Interview
University of Central Florida Orlando, FL.
Spang, Henry; Korean War, 1950-1953 -- 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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Henry, Spang, "Spang, Henry interview" (2014). Veterans Oral Histories. 227.