Streaming Media


Oral History interview of Richard Mohler. Interview conducted by Miller, Mark at Orlando, FL.


0:01 Introduction; 00:50 Birth; Parents; Siblings; Early Education; 1:56 Life before the Navy; entering the Navy; 3:00 Family in the service; 4:30 Naval academy; training to be a Naval Airman; 5:00 Recounts his posts in the Navy; 7:00 Combat with the Navy; describing some of his operations; 9:01 Deployment to Iceland; counter narcotic missions in S. America; 10:50 NAWCTSD - May/June 2000 - 2004; 11:25 Coming to Orlando; early mission in the area; 14:16 Getting the job working with RTC in Orlando; 16:50 Seeing naval personnel in Orlando; 17:19 Base realignment and closure - '96; thoughts on closure; 21:27 Naval hospital; 22:25 Early days in NAWCTSD; duties as executive officer; 24:29 9/11; physical security changes; 27:02 NAWCTSD Mission; training; technology; 30:30 Inter-service training; "Joint" collaboration; 33:15 NAWCTSD achievements; "science of learning"; 35:26 Using civilian technology for virtual training; controversy with this; 37:40 Future of simulation training in Florida; savings on ordinance; 41:01 Simulated dangerous training situations; 42:00 Combined simulation and live training; 44:46 Orlando embraces simulation training; 47:19 Simulation based acquisitions; 50:03 Lone Sailor Memorial Project - how Mr. Mohler became involved; 54:22 Fundraising for the project; 55:20 The extent of Mr. Mahler's involvement; his largest contributions; 59:27 Working with a professional fundraiser vs. original efforts; 1:01:00 Difficulties raising money in the recession; 1:03:55 Branding the project; 1:04:24 Veterans of the RTC and their reactions to the project; 1:05:54 Advice for future projects; 1:10:22 What would he have done differently; 1:11:08 Decision to work with UCF; 1:13:21 "Collaboration"; 1:15:24 END.

Date of Birth


Place of Birth

Canton (Ohio)





Home State


War or Conflict

Cold War Era



Begin/End date of Service - 1st



Entrance into Service


Branch of Service

U.S. Navy

Unit of Service

VAW 121; US Navy Test Pilot School; USS Eisenhower; USS Lexington; USS Kitty Hawk; Naval Air Warfare Training Systems Division

Highest Rank

Captain; CAPT

Prisoner of War


Service Related Injury



Post Eagle Claw, Indian Ocean; Gulf of Sidra- Line of Death, Libya; Desert Shield; Operation Southern Watch


Navy Achievement Medal; Navy Expeditionary Medal; Battle Effectiveness Award; Navy "E" Ribbon; Navy Meritorious Service Medal


Flight test of airborne weapons systems; E-2 Hawkeye; F-14 tomcat


Awarded Navy Achievement Medal, Naval Battle Efficiency E and Navy Meritorious Service Medal three times.

City of Birth


Country of Birth

United States


Miller, Mark

Interview Date


Location of Interview

Orlando, FL.


Mohler, Richard A.; Cold War -- Personal narratives; United States. Navy

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


Miller, Mark

Length of Interview

75 Minutes


Department of History, University of Central Florida


Video; MovingImage


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