Oral History interview of Lowell G. Simpson. Interview conducted by Giffen, Betty Jean at Village on the Green in Longwood, FL.
0:01 Introduction; 0:55 Pre-Military Life; 2:29 Basic Training; 2:53 Pre-Military Life (continued); 3:45 Draft Notice/Letter Written to the Draft Board by his Employer; 5:00 Processing/Basic Training; 7:10 Service as a Drill Instructor; 9:00 Institute Studying Propeller Maintenance; 9:58 Conditions at the Institute; 11:05 First Assignment in Nevada; 12:52 Warm-Weather Training in Blythe, Calif.; 14:33 All-Weather Training in Salinas, Calif.; 14:54 Plane Repair Missions and Effect on his Health; 16:00 Stationed in Blythe for Processing out of the Country; 17:30 Transportation to China; 17:51 Torpedo Practice on the Transport Ship; 18:40 Service in India Supporting Chinese War Effort; 21:15 Supply Mission in China and Role as Propeller Specialist; 26:28 Redeployment to Lüliang, China; 27:40 Security Against Chinese Civilians/Living Conditions in Camp; 28:16 Mission in Lüliang/Promotion to Assistant Flight Chief; 32:40 Incident with a Plane Collision; 35:25 Leisure Time; 35:55 Final Leisure in Kobo; 37:29 Discharge and Voyage Home; 39:40 Post-Military Life/How Service Aided his Life; 41:25 Hometown Reception; 41:50 Contact with Veterans Organizations; 43:03 Moving to Florida; 44:17 Conclusion.
Date of Birth
Place of Birth
White - Non Hispanic
War or Conflict
World War II
Begin/End date of Service - 1st
Entrance into Service
Branch of Service
U.S. Air Force
Unit of Service
Air Transport Command; Asiatic-Pacific Theater Campaign
Location of Service
Fort Benjamin Harrison (Ind.); Salt Lake City (Utah)
Staff Sergeant; SSgt
Prisoner of War
Service Related Injury
Asiatic-Pacific Theater Ribbon; Distinguished Unit Badge; Presidential Unit Citation; Good Conduct Medal
Helped keep servicemen flying over the “Hump“ from India to China; His Air Transport Command Unit helped save China from defeat by the Japanese; Was named Propeller Specialist.
Was Awarded the Asiatic-Pacific Theater Ribbon with 2 Bronze Stars.
City of Birth
Country of Birth
Giffen, Betty Jean
Location of Interview
Village on the Green, Longwood, FL.
Simpson, Lowell G.; World War, 1939-1945 -- Personal Narratives; The Asiatic-Pacific Theatre; 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
Giffen, Betty Jean
Length of Interview
Department of History, University of Central Florida
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Central Florida, RICHES of, "Simpson, Lowell G. interview" (2014). Veterans Oral Histories. 311.