Streaming Media


Oral History interview of Thomas McKean. Interview conducted by Hood, Mark at Community Center 500 Village Pl, Longwood, FL 3277.


0:45 Growing up in Blackford Co., Indiana; 1:50 Parents; 2:02 Family in the Military; 2:12 Indiana University and ROTC; 3:30 Dental School; 4:12 Decision to Join Navy and Ensign Commission; 5:00 Training/ First Days in the Service; 7:05 Stationed at Great Lakes and USS Randall; 8:20 Residency Training; 9:42 USS America and Duties as Oral-Maxillofacial Surgeon; 18:44 Leisure Time Aboard the America; 20:35 Keeping in Touch with Family Aboard the America; 21:50 Chief of Oral Surgery at Naval Hospital Orlando; 23:14 Running Residency Programs and Lecturing; 25:15 Commanding Officer at Pensacola Naval Regional Dental Center; 26:05 Inspector General of Medical Department in Washington, D.C.; 27:03 Commanding Officer at San Diego Naval Regional Dental Center; 30:52 Inspector General of Medical in Washington, D.C.; 34:38 Retirement and Reception at Bethesda, MD; 35:40 Honors, Medals, and Commendations; 38:40 Medical Research; 40:15 Volunteering with International Medical Outreach with FL Hospital.

Date of Birth


Place of Birth

Adams County (Ind.)




White - Non Hispanic

Home State


War or Conflict

Vietnam Era



Begin/End date of Service - 1st



Entrance into Service


Branch of Service

U.S. Navy

Unit of Service

USS Randall (APA 224); USS America (CVA 66); Fleet Aircraft Service Squadron 111 (FASRON); Naval Dental Center, San Diego; Naval Medical Command

Location of Service

Great Lakes (Ill.); Annapolis (Md.); Bermuda; Orlando (Fla.); Oakland (Calif.); Pensacola (Fla.); Washington (D.C.); San Diego (Calif.); Boston (Mass.)

Highest Rank

Rear Admiral; RADM

Prisoner of War


Service Related Injury





Legion of Merit; Meritorious Service Medal; Navy Unit Commendation; Navy Occupation Service Medal; National Defense Service Medal; Vietnam Service Medal; Humanitarian Service Medal; Meritorious Unit Citation; Gallantry Cross (Vietnam); Vietnam Campaign Medal


Inspector General, Naval Medical Command, Washington D.C; Commander, Naval Dental Center, San Diego (world's largest); Training Programs at other naval centers.


Member: Association of Military Surgeons of U.S; Bay Area Armed Forces Study Group; Central Florida Veterans, Chairman. Medal details: Legion of Merit with 1 star, National Defense Service Medal with Bronze Star. The veteran also served as the Inspector General of the Naval Medical Command and as Commander, Naval Dental Center in San Diego.

City of Birth

Adams County

Country of Birth

United States


Hood, Mark

Interview Date


Location of Interview

Community Center 500 Village Pl, Longwood, FL 3277.


McKean, Thomas W.; Vietnam War, 1961-1975 -- Personal Narratives; United States. Navy

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


Hood, Mark

Length of Interview

45 Minutes


Department of History, University of Central Florida


Video; MovingImage


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.


University of Central Florida Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives

Contributing Project

UCF Community Veterans History Project

Document Type