Oral History interview of Stanley Goldstein. Interview conducted by Blair, Anne at Village on the Green in Longwood, FL.
0:01 Introduction; 0:36 Family Life/Pre-Military background/Early interest in the military; 2:38 Air Force ROTC; 3:48 Graduation and Commission/Initial Training; 4:42 Navigational Training; 5:56 Survival School; 7:19 Service in the RB66 Electronic Warfare/Reconnaissance plane; 9:11 Flying planes back and forth to the United States; 10:21 Trainer pilot on the B-57; 11:48 Advanced Degree in Industrial Engineering/ Test Piloting B-57; 13:13 University of Missouri's Industrial Engineering; 13:51 Assignment to Amarillo Texas for Manpower studies; 15:26 Discussion of US' decision making regarding bombing campaigns of Vietnam; 16:45 Joining Wild Weasel-F-105-F school/thoughts about assignment; 21:36 Assignment in South Vietnam; 23:54 Thoughts on Operation Rolling Thunder; 24:56 First Combat Mission; 26:36 Further Bombing Missions in Vietnam/Bombing Truck Parks at night; 29:28 100 Mission Contract; 30:14 Losing a pilot classmate in combat; 32:07 99th Mission and the end of the bombing campaigns; 34:02 Assignment following Vietnam/Israeli pilot training; 35:46 Role defending Tactical Air against Strategic Air/ Meeting Wife/ Role with Pentagon, Creating Electronic Warfare Training System; 39:07 Assignment to Israel during Yom Kippur War; 39:56 Oslo Norway, Electronic Warfare Officer in Allied Forces Northern Europe; 41:42 Retirement from Air Force and working with Electronic Warfare's contractor; 42:07 Veteran's Organizations: Red River Valley Fighter Organization and Society of Wild Weasels; 44:13 Post-Military Personal Life; 44:57 Medals Awarded and why/Contributions to Museum; 48:57 Most Memorable Mission; 49:59 Impact of being single during the War; 50:50 Skydiving compared to flying in combat; 52:19 Conclusion.
Date of Birth
Place of Birth
White - Non Hispanic
War or Conflict
Begin/End date of Service - 1st
Entrance into Service
Branch of Service
U.S. Air Force
Unit of Service
42 TRS; 4677 Defense System Evaluation Squadron; Air Force Institute of Technology; Air Traffic Control
Location of Service
Amarillo (Tex.); Randolph Air Force Base (Tex.)
Lieutenant Colonel; LtCol
Prisoner of War
Service Related Injury
Operation Rolling Thunder
Distinguished Flying Cross; Meritorious Service Medal; Air Medal; Joint Service Commendation Medal; Air Force Commendation Medal; Air Force Outstanding Unit Award; National Defense Service Medal; Vietnam Service Medal; Air Force Longevity Service Ribbon; Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon; Gallantry Cross (Vietnam); Vietnam Campaign Medal
100 missions- North Vietnam as F105 Wild Weasel.
Awarded Air Medal with 9D (OLC); Air Force Commendation Medal with 1D; Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with 1D; Vietnam Service Medal with 4D; Air Force Longevity Device with 5D.
City of Birth
Country of Birth
Location of Interview
Village on the Green, Longwood, FL.
Goldstein, Stanley; Vietnam War, 1961-1975 -- 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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Stanley, Goldstein, "Goldstein, Stanley interview" (2014). Veterans Oral Histories. 286.