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Oral History interview of Ronald Tarr. Interview conducted by Bradfield, Daniel at Veteran's Office off of Research Parkway.


0:01 Introduction; 0:49 Rationale for joining ROTC/ Impact of Civil Air Patrol; 3:06 Civil Air Patrol compared to ROTC/ How Civil Air Patrol shaped decision ROTC at University of Miami/ Counter Guerillas; 5:32 Day to Day life in ROTC/FSU training regimen compared to other; 6:31 ROTC Programs and effect on his military service; 13:31 Early Days in service/ Struggles of moving family cross-country; 16:28 NIKE Hercules training school/Effect on early military service; 20:00 Decision to complete Airborne and Ranger School/ NATO request for officers and reason for Mr. Tarr's deployment to Germany; 24:12 Training with Nuclear Weapons/ Effect of ROTC Training; 28:28 Conflicts with Warrant Officer over responsibility on base; 34:00 Day to Day Life in Missile Defense Unit/ Family life while in Army; 39:00 Reality of Combat involving Nuclear Weapons; 39:55 Baader Meinhof Gang and drug's effect on unit's effectiveness; 44:15 Story regarding "race riot" in the unit/ Diffusing this situation; 47:00 Deployments following NIKE Hercules unit in Germany/ Qualifications with other Missiles besides NIKE Hercules; 51:06 Deployment as a Briefer in South Korea; 52:43 Decision to go to Graduate School/ Academic track in Graduate School; 54:45 Time as planner to recreate the Army Basic Training Program; 56:35 Post-Vietnam Military funding crunch/ Changes made to Basic training; 1:01:20 Women in Basic Training; 1:05:43 Assignment in Turkey; 1:07:43 Responsibilities in Turkey; 1:08:58 Mission to recover Stolen MIG-25 while in Turkey; 1:12:18 Post-Cold War affecting Army downsizing/ Decision to retire; 1:13:18 Transition to Civilian Contracting; 1:14:38 Remaining in Contact with other veterans; 1:16:58 Post-Cold War Army and effectiveness/ Pitfalls of Post-Cold War world; 1:20:58 Participation in Veterans' organizations; 1:23:41 The value of a military draft; 1:25:23 Effect of military service on personal career/ Value of universal military service; 1:28:11 Conclusion.

Date of Birth


Place of Birth

West Hempstead (N.Y.)




White - Non Hispanic

Home State

New York

War or Conflict

Cold War Era; Vietnam Era



Begin/End date of Service - 1st



Video; MovingImage


Entrance into Service


Branch of Service

U.S. Army

Unit of Service

D Battery, 2nd Battalion, 56th Air Defense Artillery, 32nd Army Air Defense Command, Europe; C Battery, 5th Battalion, 1st Air Defense Artillery, 32nd Army Air Defense Command, Europe; B Battery, 5th Battalion, 59th Air Defense Artillery, Fort Bliss, Texas; D Battery, 4th Battalion, 1st Air Defense Artillery, Fort Bliss, Texas; Headquarters, 38th Air Defense Artillery Brigade, 8th US Army; Headquarters, US Army Training and Doctrine Command, Training Development Institute; Headquarters, US Army Infantry School, Directorate of Training and Doctrine; Armed Forces Staff College, Joint Service Academy; Defense Training and Performance Data Center, Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense; Joint US Mission for Aid to Turkey, US European Command

Location of Service


Highest Rank

Lieutenant Colonel; LTC

Prisoner of War


Service Related Injury





Defense Meritorious Service Medal; Army Commendation Medal; Army Achievement Medal; Army Presidential Unit Citation; National Defense Medal; Parachutist Badge


See video for details.


Medal details: Awarded Defense Meritorious Service Medal with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters and Army Commendation Medal with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters.

City of Birth

West Hempstead

Country of Birth

United States


Bradfield, Daniel

Interview Date


Location of Interview

Veteran's Office off of Research Parkway.


Tarr, Ronald; Cold War -- Personal Narratives; Vietnam War, 1961-1975 -- Personal Narratives; United States. Army

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


Bradfield, Daniel

Length of Interview

89 Minutes


Department of History, University of Central Florida




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University of Central Florida Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives

Contributing Project

UCF Community Veterans History Project

Document Type