Oral history interview of Douglas Maurice deVlaming. Interview conducted by Zachary Grove at Tampa, Florida.
0:15 Date and place of birth; 0:26 Number of siblings; 0:33 Parents occupation; 0:52 Relatives in military; 1:14 Reason for interest in the military; 1:53 Attended Ohio State and reasons why; 2:10 Major and reasons why; 5:22 Reason for choosing Air Force; 5:36 Family reaction to joining ROTC; 6:33 Feelings toward war during college; 7:20 Feelings toward American protests of the war; 8:56 Training after college; 10:00 Adapting to military life; 10:52 Duties of an AF officer; 11 :22 Tours in VN and feelings toward deployment; 12:43 Actions seen; 14:07 Air medal received; 14:55 Linebacker II campaign; 16:10 Standard day of operations; 17:00 Friendships formed; 18:19 Staying in touch with family; 19:34 Medals awarded and rescue missions; 21:24 Fall of Saigon and feelings toward it; 23:31 Service after the war; 24:22 Rank and reasons for retirement; 25:50 Worldwide fighter competition; 27:30 Favorite plane and reasons why; 29:45 How wartime experiences affected life, views on war; 34:58 Returned to Vietnam; 38:00 Damage to aircraft in wartime; 38:22 Reason became a lawyer instead of staying a pilot; 38:55 Thoughts on military service.
Date of Birth
Place of Birth
Ft. Myers (Fla.)
White - Non Hispanic
War or Conflict
Begin/End date of Service - 1st
Entrance into Service
Branch of Service
U.S. Air Force
Unit of Service
354th Tactical Fighter Squadron; 356th Tactical Fighter Squadron
Location of Service
United States; Thailand; United Kingdom
Lieutenant Colonel; LtCol
Prisoner of War
Service Related Injury
Operation Linebacker II
Silver Star Medal; Distinguished Flying Cross; Air Medal
Royal Air Force Harrier Exchange Pilot; Winner of Nav/ Attack Worldwide Fighter Gunnery Competition Gunsmoke 1985
Close air support; interdiction; search and rescue; Laos; Cambodia; North Vietnam; South Vietnam.
City of Birth
Country of Birth
Location of Interview
deVlaming, Douglas M.; Vietnam War, 1961-1975 -- Personal Narratives; 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
Length of Interview
Department of History, University of Central Florida
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Central Florida, RICHES of, "deVlaming, Douglas Maurice interview" (2011). Veterans Oral Histories. 34.