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Oral History interview of Douglas Garner. Interview conducted by Matthew Gray at University of Central Florida.


0:01-0:40 Introduction; 0:40-1:30 Parent's Occupation and where he was born; 1:30-2:41 Family size and his academic history. Signed up for flight school; 2:41-3:37 Uncle Served in Service, but dad received deferment; 3:37-3:50 Entered service through ROTC as second Lieutenant; 3:50-4:51 Influenced by Xavior's two year ROTC and continued for the stipend; 4:51-7:34 Family was supportive and he stayed the twenty years in order to retire; 7:34-8:26 Wanted to fly and why he chose army; 8:26-10:10 ROTC training and how he started to fly; 10:10-12:05 Instructors were Korean war vets and treated him well; 12:05-15:35 Where he was stationed and life lessons learned; 15:35-17:09 Progression as a pilot and details of his flight missions; 17:09-20:00 Detail of average day; 20:00-22:40 Took observation plane when base was hit. Story about base barber; 22:40-23:48 Most memorable day was when he received his wings; 23:48-25:30 Communicated with family via snail mail which was very reliable; 25:30-26:20 Well supplied since Saigon was 15 minutes away by plane; 26:20-28:00 To stay busy people played cards and drank. Not allowed to leave base; 28:00-29:40 Went on vacation to Hong Kong and spent $900. Everything was cheap; 29:40-31:00 Missions include calling in air and artillery strikes and after action reports; 31:00-32:44 Info on aircrafts he flew. Trained on a U-8s and flew Havilland Beavers; 32:44-36:00 Other missions included courier and communication when needed; 36:00-38:30 Flew 3200-3400 hours in aircraft and 250 in helicopter; 38:30-40:15 Talks about his experience with the 9th division; 40:15-50:30 Got out in 1985 and had received distinguished flying cross among others; 50:30-52:50 After service. Bachelors in hotel management, other jobs; 52:50-53:30 Keeps up with army friends. Reunion last year in DC; 53:30-58:10 Been with his wife for 38 years. Talks about life after service. Impact on his wife and how supportive she was.

Date of Birth


Place of Birth

Cincinnati (Ohio)




White - Non Hispanic

Home State


War or Conflict

Vietnam Era



Begin/End date of Service - 1st



Entrance into Service


Branch of Service

U.S. Army

Unit of Service

HQ 23rd Artillery GP

Location of Service

Fort Bliss (Tex.); Alabama; Vietnam; Georgia; Turkey; California; Washington; Germany

Highest Rank

Major; MAJ

Prisoner of War


Service Related Injury





Distinguished Flying Cross; Meritorious Service Medal; Bronze Star; Air Medal; Army Commendation Medal


See video for details.


Awarded many service medals. Flew over several battle fields.

City of Birth


Country of Birth

United States


Gray, Matthew

Interview Date

Fall 11-2-2015

Location of Interview

University of Central FL.


Garner, Douglas V.; 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


Gray, Matthew

Length of Interview

58 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