Streaming Media

Description

Oral History interview of Lowell G. Simpson. Interview conducted by Giffen, Betty Jean at Village on the Green in Longwood, FL.

Log

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

1921-04-12

Place of Birth

Veedersburg (Ind.)

Gender

Male

Race

White - Non Hispanic

Home State

Indiana

War or Conflict

World War II

Status

Veteran

Begin/End date of Service - 1st

1942-07-27

1945-12-05

Entrance into Service

Drafted

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)

Highest Rank

Staff Sergeant; SSgt

Prisoner of War

Unspecified

Service Related Injury

Unspecified

Battles

Asiatic-Pacific Theater

Medals

Asiatic-Pacific Theater Ribbon; Distinguished Unit Badge; Presidential Unit Citation; Good Conduct Medal

Achievements

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.

Note

Was Awarded the Asiatic-Pacific Theater Ribbon with 2 Bronze Stars.

City of Birth

Veedersburg

Country of Birth

United States

Interviewer

Giffen, Betty Jean

Interview Date

6-26-2014

Location of Interview

Village on the Green, Longwood, FL.

Subjects

Simpson, Lowell G.; World War, 1939-1945 -- Personal Narratives; The Asiatic-Pacific Theatre; 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

Contributors

Giffen, Betty Jean

Length of Interview

43 Minutes

Publisher

Department of History, University of Central Florida

Type

Video; MovingImage

Rights

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. http://library.ucf.edu/about/departments/special-collections-university-archives/

Repository

University of Central Florida Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives

Contributing Project

UCF Community Veterans History Project

Document Type

Interview


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