Oral history interview of William C. Cannon, Jr. Interview conducted by Jenna Ranon at Melbourne, Florida.
0:39 Loading trucks and taking classes prior to enlisting; 0:55 Told why he enlisted; 1:36 Entered at 20, get married shortly to Tiffany; 2:31 Described first day of basic training; 3:19 Recalled Technical Sgt. Palmer as one of his memorable instructors; 4:26 Talked about Air Force Security Forces Association that he is a member of; 6:15 Talked about the transition to officer; 8:48 Explained various duties for his position; 11:04 Talked about how he stayed in touch with his family; 15:08 Talked about wars he served in and responsibilities during different assignments; 18:28 Talked about the positive reaction of U.S. towards military; 19:15 Shared that he has received the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, 3 Meritorious Service Medals, 5 accommodations, and 6 achievement medals; 21:44 Explained why he retired after 29 years; 23:29 Talked about current job in Cape Canaveral; 25:10 Discussed the changes he noticed in Central Florida; 26:22 Shared his positive outlook on military; 30:29 Acknowledged the sacrifices his family has made.
Date of Birth
Place of Birth
White - Non Hispanic
War or Conflict
Post-Cold War Era; Operation Iraqi Freedom; Operation Enduring Freedom, Afghanistan
Begin/End date of Service - 1st
Entrance into Service
Branch of Service
U.S. Air Force
Unit of Service
45th Security Forces Squadron Patrick Air Force Base, Fl
Location of Service
Minot Air Force Base (N.D.); Naval Air Station Keflavik (Iceland); Hanscom Air Force Base (Mass.); Altus Air Force Base (Okla.); Aviano Air Base (Italy); Richmond (Ky.); Scott Air Force Base (Ill.); Vance Air Force Base (Okla.); Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Station (Colo.); Fort Leavenworth (Kan.); MacDill Air Force Base (Fla.); Patrick Air Force Base (Fla.); Germany; Kuwait; Qatar; Iraq
Lieutenant Colonel; LtCol
Prisoner of War
Service Related Injury
Defense Meritorious Service Medal; Meritorious Service Medal; Air Force Commendation Medal; Air Force Achievement Medal; Good Conduct Medal; NATO Medal; Global War on Terrorism Service Medal; National Defense Service Medal; Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal
10 years prior enlisted service then Officer Training School Headquarters, United States Central Command Staff; 3 times Squadron Commander
City of Birth
Country of Birth
Location of Interview
Cannon, William C., Jr.; Post-Cold War Era; Afghanistan and Iraq Wars, 2001-present -- 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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Central Florida, RICHES of, "Cannon, William C., Jr. interview" (2011). Veterans Oral Histories. 27.