Oral History interview of Thomas Walters. Interview conducted by Bajema, Nicklas; Blakley, Preston at University of Central Florida- Orlando, FL.
0:01 Introduction; 0:32 Background; 0:58 Family life; 1:13 Parents careers; 1:55 Family members in military service; 2:17 Education prior to military service; 4:08 Reasons for joining the military; 11:57 Where commission received; 12:07 Basic training; 14:33 Officer training; 18:18 Most memorable experience; 20:16 First active duty assignment; 24:03 Responsibilities of first assignment; 25:06 Karat, Thailand; 27:07 Aircraft used; 28:20 Typical "combat mission" walk-through; 33:26 Posting preparations for career; 38:44 Equipment transported; 42:07 Most interesting assignment; 44:23 Medals Awarded; 47:06 Transition back to civilian life; 48:42 Accomplished since leaving military; 53:22 Advice for anyone interested in joining the Air Force; 55:22 Last Remarks; 55:48 Conclusion.
Date of Birth
Place of Birth
White - Non Hispanic
War or Conflict
Persian Gulf War
Begin/End date of Service - 1st
Entrance into Service
Branch of Service
U.S. Air Force
Unit of Service
Vice Commander, 62nd Airlift Wing; Commander, 722nd Logistics Group; Commander, 22nd CAMS
Location of Service
Lieutenant Colonel; LtCol
Prisoner of War
Service Related Injury
Operation Northern Watch; Operation Southern Watch
Legion of Merit; Air Medal; Defense Meritorious Service Medal; Air Force Meritorious Service Medal; Air Medal; Southwest Asia Service Medal; Combat Readiness Medal; Humanitarian Service Medal
HQ Strategic Air Command; Fully qualified as an aircrew member in four different aircraft: EB-66C/E (22 Combat missions flown from Korat, Thailand), KC-135A, FB-135A, FB-111, and C-141
Rated as a Navigator; Former Mayor of Oviedo
City of Birth
Country of Birth
Bajema, Nicklas; Blakley, Preston
Location of Interview
University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL.
Walters, Thomas G.; Persian Gulf War Era, 1990-2003 -- 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
Bajema, Nicklas; Blakley, Preston
Length of Interview
Department of History, University of Central Florida
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Thomas, Walters Gene, "Walters, Thomas Gene interview" (2014). Veterans Oral Histories. 245.