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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

Charlotte (N.C.)




White - Non Hispanic

Home State

North Carolina

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

Highest Rank

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


Not applicable

City of Birth


Country of Birth

United States


Ranon, Jenna

Interview Date


Location of Interview

Melbourne, FL.


Cannon, William C., Jr.; Post-Cold War Era; Afghanistan and Iraq Wars, 2001-present -- Personal Narratives; United States. Air Force

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


Ranon, Jenna

Length of Interview

34 minutes


Department of History, University of Central Florida


Audio; Sound


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.


University of Central Florida Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives

Contributing Project

UCF Community Veterans History Project

Document Type