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Oral History interview of Gerhard Stein. Interview conducted by Pflumm, Basil at Village on the Green in Longwood, FL.


0:01 Introduction; 0:50 Childhood; 1:55 Volunteering for the Army; 2:41 Training in Boston and Miami; 4:09 Aircraft Mechanic Training; 5:25 Sickness/Awaiting Orders; 7:40 Selection for Officer Training; 8:50 Officer School in Boca Raton, Fla.; 9:30 Training at Yale/Commission; 11:05 Idaho Assignment; 12:30 Deployment to England; 13:40 Testing Aircraft Engines; 15:04 Reassigned to Dentin Depot BAD"4; 18:42 End of World War 2/Closing Down Bases in England; 19:40 Life Around Salisbury; 21:00 Meeting and Marrying his Wife, Joan; 23:08 Returning to the States/Discharge; 25:23 Helps Wife Get Job as a Typist/Starting a Family; 26:54 Moving Wife's Family from England; 27:05 Bank Job/Going to College after Work; 28:48 Korean War Recall; 19:38 Creating Supply System at Dover, Del.;33:28 Moving Family to Dover; 36:38 Assignment to Saudi Arabia; 38:48 Difficulties of Being Alone while Deployed; 39:21 Return to States/Assignment to HQ 8th Air Force; 42:08 Assignment to England; 43:38 Life in England; 44:30 New York Base Supply Officer; 46:21 Daily Reports to Colonel in New York; 47:34 Making Decision Between Family and Vietnam; 48:48 Resigning from Air Force/Moving to Florida; 50:21 Starting Career in Florida/Using Military Skills in Civilian Workforce; 52:34 Military Impact on Life; 53:51 Final Comments/Conclusion.

Date of Birth


Place of Birth

New York (N.Y.)




White - Non Hispanic

Home State

New York

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

Base Air Material Depot

Location of Service

Amarillo (Tex.); Vietnam; Korea

Highest Rank

First Lieutenant; 1stLt

Prisoner of War


Service Related Injury





World War II National Defense Medal; European Campaign Medal; American Campaign Medal; Military Merit Medal; National Defense Service Medal


Was named Supply Officer at all levels; Was named Staff Officer at Headquarters 8th Air Force SAC overseeing staff work for 18 bases.


Received an award for service in the Reserve Armed Forces; Was a participating member of the Air Force, working during WWII, in Korea and Vietnam.

City of Birth

New York

Country of Birth

United States


Pflumm, Basil

Interview Date


Location of Interview

Village on the Green, Longwood, FL.


Stein, Gerhard; 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


Pflumm, Basil

Length of Interview

55 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