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Oral History interview of Roger M. Quick. Interview conducted by Williams, Rachel; Staton Jennifer at the University of Central Florida in Orlando, FL.


0:01 Introduction; 0:35 Childhood; 0:49 Parent's Occupation; 1:00 Other Family Members in the Military; 1:19 Reason for Joining the Air Force; 1:55 College Education before Joining; 2:00 Length of Time in the Service; 2:10 Basic Training; 2:32 Job and Duties during Basic Training; 3:13 Training for Air Operations Specialist; 3:31 Attending Officer Candidate School/Climbing Rank; 4:13 Thoughts on Officer Candidate School; 4:37 Further Training at Keesler Air Force Base; 4:58 Assignment to Communication Control; 5:28 Types of Communications Devices Used; 5:36 Going to Vietnam; 5:55 Job and Duties as Unit Commander; 6:20 First Impression of Vietnam; 6:43 Detachment in Qui Nhon Harbor; 7:14 Visiting Sites and Boosting Morale for Troops; 7:49 Ways to Relax during Downtime; 8:31 Rocket Attack during Tennis; 10:00 Incoming Fire from Enemy while in Helicopter; 10:47 Taping Messages for Family; 11:41 Wife and Other's feelings on Vietnam; 12:15 Wife Hearing of Phu Ket Being Overrun; 13:00 Helping a Vietnamese Orphanage and Leper Colony; 15:00 Building a House for Leper Colony; 15:30 More on Leper Colony; 16:20 More on Leper Colony; 17:00 Mosaic of 1983rd Communications Squadron; 17:15 Feelings on Last Day in Vietnam; 17:45 Contact with Agent Orange/Impact of Agent Orange; 18:50 Post-Traumatic Stress after Leaving Vietnam; 20:21 Awards and Medals; 21:40 Current Activities and Family; 23:11 Retirement from Military; 24:00 Conclusion.

Date of Birth


Place of Birth

Polk County (Minn.)




White - Non Hispanic

Home State


War or Conflict

Vietnam Era



Begin/End date of Service - 1st



Entrance into Service


Branch of Service

U.S. Air Force

Unit of Service

Several: USAF Communication Service

Location of Service


Highest Rank

Major; Maj

Prisoner of War


Service Related Injury





Bronze Star Medal; Air Force Commendation Medal; Meritorious Service Medal; National Defense Service Medal; Air Force Longevity Service Award; Air Force Outstanding Unit Award; Vietnam Service Medal


Was named Commander; Was named Base Communications Officer; Was named Air Traffic Control Officer; While in Vietnam, his unit sponsored an orphanage and built a home for a leper colony.


Meritorious Service Medal awarded with 1 Oak Leaf Cluster; Meritorious Service Medal awarded with 1 Oak Leaf Cluster; National Defense Service Medal awarded with 1 Bronze Service Star; Air Force Longevity Service Award awarded with 1 Oak Leaf Cluster; Air Force Outstanding Unit Award awarded with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters; Diagnosed with Agent Orange related cancer.

City of Birth

Polk County

Country of Birth

United States


Williams, Rachel; Staton Jennifer

Interview Date


Location of Interview

University of Central Florida in Orlando, FL.


Quick, Roger M.; Vietnam War, 1961-1975 -- 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


Williams, Rachel; Staton Jennifer

Length of Interview

24 Minutes


Department of History, University of Central Florida


Video; MovingImage


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University of Central Florida Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives

Contributing Project

UCF Community Veterans History Project

Document Type