Streaming Media

Description

Oral History interview of Gerald Odom. Interview conducted by Theodor, Theo; Williamson, Ryan at University of Central Florida- Orlando, FL.

Log

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

1945-10-07

Place of Birth

Orlando (Fla.)

Gender

Male

Race

White - Non Hispanic

Home State

Florida

War or Conflict

Vietnam Era

Status

Veteran

Begin/End date of Service - 1st

1967-07-09

1970-07-09

Entrance into Service

Commissioned

Branch of Service

U.S. Army

Unit of Service

3rd Squadron, 4th Calvary, 25th Infantry Division, Republic of Vietnam

Location of Service

Vietnam

Highest Rank

Captain; CPT

Prisoner of War

Unspecified

Service Related Injury

Yes

Battles

Unspecified

Medals

Silver Star Medal; Bronze Star; Army Commendation Medal; Distinguished Flying Cross; Air Medal; Purple Heart; Gallantry Cross (Vietnam)

Achievements

Top five in flight school graduating class; Light Scout Platoon Leader in VN from Dec 68-Jul 69

Note

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

Orlando

Country of Birth

United States

Interviewer

Theodor, Theo; Williamson, Ryan

Interview Date

7-15-2014

Location of Interview

University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL.

Subjects

Odom, Gerald A.; Vietnam War, 1961-1975 -- Personal Narratives; United States. Army

Collection Description

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

Contributors

Theodor, Theo; Williamson, Ryan

Length of Interview

27 Minutes

Publisher

Department of History, University of Central Florida

Type

Video; MovingImage

Rights

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/

Repository

University of Central Florida Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives

Contributing Project

UCF Community Veterans History Project

Document Type

Interview


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