Oral History interview of Jerry Cobb. Interview conducted by Flewelling, Stephen at Mr. Cobb's home in Winter Park, FL.
0:01 Begin Interview - "Marines aren't supposed to look beautiful"; 0:44 Birth and parents' occupations; 1:26 Education at Louisville; 1:59 Receiving a commission and joining the Marines; 2:37 Officers' Boot Camp; 3:14 Advanced training and driving to Louisville; 4:09 Pensacola, FL, and living on the Gulf Coast; 5:04 Memphis, TN and jet and instrument training; 5:33 Beeville, TX, and living on base; 6:44 Beaufort, SC, and the Marine Corps Air Station - F8U Crusader Jets; 8:45 Mr. Cobb recounts a story of a "low-pass" on a Cuban ship; 9:55 Mapping Cuban radar locations; 11:50 Landing gear failure and crash landing; 15:40 Drinking cognac after crash landing; 16:18 Second landing gear failure and crash landing story; 19:13 The Bay of Pigs; 20:30 Hearing radio announcement that Cuba was being invaded by the US; 22:50 24-hour combat air patrol during the Bay of Pigs; 23:20 Friendly contact over the Bay of Pigs; 24:26 A botched fly-by for John F. Kennedy; 26:30 Spousal visitation policy for Marines in Japan; 27:26 Retiring from active duty; 29:10 The "check" squadron - working with John Glenn; 30:13 Working with the space program; 30:48 Liaison engineer - converting ICBMs to satellite launch vehicles; 31:57 Working as a marketer; 35:46 Closing thoughts.
Date of Birth
Place of Birth
White - Non Hispanic
War or Conflict
Cold War Era
Begin/End date of Service - 1st
Entrance into Service
Branch of Service
Unit of Service
VMF-235 (Marine Fighter Squadron); MAG-31 (Marine Aircraft Group)
Location of Service
Quantico (Va.); Pensacola (Fla.); Beeville (Tex.); Memphis (Tenn.); Beaufort (S.C.)
Prisoner of War
Service Related Injury
Cuban Missile Crisis
Fighter Pilot, Assistant Maintenance Officer, Squadron Legal Officer
"Burst ear drum while flying on active duty." - The veteran.
City of Birth
Country of Birth
Location of Interview
Mr. Cobb's home in Winter Park, FL.
Cobb, Jerry Louis; Cold War -- Personal narratives; United States. Marine Corps
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
All rights are held by the respective holding institution. This material is posted publicly for non-profit educational uses, excluding printed publication. For permission to reproduce and/or for copyright information contact Special Collections and University Archives, University of Central Florida Libraries, (407) 823-2576. http://library.ucf.edu/about/departments/special-collections-university-archives/
University of Central Florida Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives
UCF Community Veterans History Project
Central Florida, RICHES of, "Cobb, Jerry Louis interview" (2014). Veterans Oral Histories. 230.