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
War or Conflict
Begin/End date of Service - 1st
Entrance into Service
Branch of Service
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.)
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
Country of Birth
Location of Interview
Community Center 500 Village Pl, Longwood, FL 3277.
McKean, Thomas W.; Vietnam War, 1961-1975 -- Personal Narratives; United States. Navy
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
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/
University of Central Florida Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives
UCF Community Veterans History Project
Thomas, McKean W., "McKean, Thomas W. interview" (2015). Veterans Oral Histories. 344.