Oral History interview of Gerald Odom. Interview conducted by Theodor, Theo; Williamson, Ryan at University of Central Florida- Orlando, FL.
0:56 Biographical information; 1:48 Pre-military education; 2:00 Decision to join military; 2:25,Flight school; 3:14 Aircraft flown; 4:00 Going to Vietnam; 4:45 Assignment in Vietnam; 6:04 Unit's role; 6:20 Individual role; 7:15 Typical day on duty; 8:35 Equipment and weapons used; 9:50 Local interactions; 10:48 Relationships and interaction within unit; 12:29 First day on base; 14:15 Most memorable moment/ second injury; 20:35 Medical treatment; 21:20 Leaving Vietnam; 22:51 Medals and awards; 23:53 Reception back home; 24:06 Transition back into civilian life; 24:55 Keeping in touch with other vets; 25:27 Advice for next generation of enlisted; 26:02 Closing comments.
Date of Birth
Place of Birth
White - Non Hispanic
War or Conflict
Begin/End date of Service - 1st
Entrance into Service
Branch of Service
Unit of Service
3rd Squadron, 4th Calvary, 25th Infantry Division, Republic of Vietnam
Location of Service
Prisoner of War
Service Related Injury
Silver Star Medal; Bronze Star; Army Commendation Medal; Distinguished Flying Cross; Air Medal; Purple Heart; Gallantry Cross (Vietnam)
Top five in flight school graduating class; Light Scout Platoon Leader in VN from Dec 68-Jul 69
In many battles but with no names from Aug 30, 1968 to Jul 6, 1969 in Vietnam. More medal details: Army Commendation Medal for Valor, Purple Heart with one oak leaf cluster.
City of Birth
Country of Birth
Theodor, Theo; Williamson, Ryan
Location of Interview
University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL.
Odom, Gerald A.; 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
Theodor, Theo; Williamson, Ryan
Length of Interview
Department of History, University of Central Florida
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UCF Community Veterans History Project
Central Florida, RICHES of, "Odom, Gerald A. interview" (2014). Veterans Oral Histories. 241.