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Oral History interview of Edward Hauptkorn. Interview conducted by Orleman, Andrew; Wiggins, Leanne at Veteran‘s home in Sanford, FL.


0:38 Early childhood; 2:03 Entering into the service; 3:03 Reaction to receiving draft notice; 3:35 Family's reaction to being drafted; 4:02 Basic training experience; 5:01 Becoming an AAA Gunner; 5:45 Individual role in unit; 6:34 Equipment he used; 7:14 Shipping out to Europe; 8:22 Arriving in England and France; 8:46 First impressions of Europe during the war; 9:13 Interacting with European civilians and troops; 10:05 Typical day in Europe during the war; 10:41 Non-typical day in Europe; 11:20 Leave and down-time; 12:25 Communicating home; 12:57 First experience with combat/mass shooting of medical personnel; 14:58 Physical environment during the Battle of the Bulge; 16:13 Describes V-1s and Buzz-Bombs; 17:15 Experience in Battle of the Bulge; 20:41 Finding out the war was over; 21:53 Role in occupation; 22:47 Using the Autobahn as an airstrip; 23:29 Decision to re-enlist; 24:38 Coming home and being received in the community; 25:29 How his duties changed after the war; 25:58 Where he was stationed after the war; 27:56 Experience in Japan during the Korean War; 28:43 Typical day in Japan; 29:14 Types of supplies he was shipping to Korea; 29:37 Interacting with the Japanese; 31:30 Activities after the Korean War while in California; 33:58 Deciding to leave the service; 35:00 What he did after leaving the service and phone call interruption; 36:56 Experience in the Philippines; 37:26 Returning to France for the first time after World War II; 39:06 Working at a space center after retiring during the Apollo Era; 40:15 Remaining in contact with people after retirement; 40:35 Returning to civilian life after leaving the service; 41:24 Applying military training to civilian life and ending.

Date of Birth


Place of Birth

Cleveland (Ohio)




White - Non Hispanic

Home State


War or Conflict

World War II



Begin/End date of Service - 1st



Video; MovingImage


Entrance into Service


Branch of Service

U.S. Air Force

Unit of Service

143rd AAA Gun Battalion

Location of Service

Camp Haan (Calif.)

Highest Rank

Technical Sergeant; TSgt

Prisoner of War


Service Related Injury



Battle of the Bulge


Bronze Star Medal; Distinguished Unit Citation; Air Force Good Conduct Medal; Good Conduct Medal; American Campaign Medal; European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal; World War II Victory Medal; Army of Occupation Medal; National Defense Service Medal; Korean Service Medal; Air Force Longevity Service Award; United Nations Service Medal for Korea; Small Arms Expert Marksman Badge Ribbon


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Drafted then Enlisted; Retired December 1965 out of Buffalo, NY; Received the Air Force Longevity Award with 4 Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters; Received the Good Conduct Medal with 1 Silver Loop; Received European-African-Middle Eastern Medal with 4 Bronze Stars; Battle of the Bulge 12/18/44.

City of Birth


Country of Birth

United States


Orleman, Andrew; Wiggins, Leanne

Interview Date


Location of Interview

Veteran‘s home in Sanford, Fla.


Hauptkorn, Edward J.; World War, 1939-1945 -- Personal narratives; Post World War II; 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


Orleman, Andrew; Wiggins, Leanne

Length of Interview

44 Minutes


Department of History, University of Central Florida




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University of Central Florida Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives

Contributing Project

UCF Community Veterans History Project

Document Type