Oral History interview of Gary Daigle. Interview conducted by Schneider, Sarah at Orlando, FL.
0:29 Birth and Early Life; 2:16 Education; 5:35 Joining the Military, Family in military, Choice of branch; 9:21 Basic Training; 15:11 Advanced Training/Tech school (Weapons Control); 19:27 Assignment to Homestead Air Force Base for additional training; 23:52 Work on Weapon Control Systems; 27:50 Assignment to Karat, Thailand; 29:42 Local Interaction; 31:40 Leisure Activities; 32:48 Base lockdown; 34:48 Accidents on Base/Ejection seat accident; 35:28 Maintaining Contact with home/Leave; 37:08 Sent back to Homestead Air Base/Air Force command restructure; 40:13 End of Service; 41:52 Reception at home after service/Anti-War Sentiment in the U.S.; 47:01 College Education after service; 48:03 Jobs after service; 49:30 Maintaining contact after service; 50:16 Additional remarks/Pictures of units/Reunion.
Date of Birth
Place of Birth
War or Conflict
Begin/End date of Service - 1st
Entrance into Service
Branch of Service
U.S. Air Force
Unit of Service
4531 Tactical Fighter Wing; 469 Tactical Fighter Squadron Homestead; 388 Tactical Fighter Wing Korat; 309 Tactical Fighter Wing Korat; Avionics Maintenance Squadron
Location of Service
Homestead Air Force Base (Fla.); Lackland Air Force Base (Tex.); Lowry Air Force Base (Colo.); Korat Air Force Base (Thailand)
Prisoner of War
Service Related Injury
Vietnam Service Medal; Good Conduct Medal
Weapon control systems (worked on jets)
"Was going to be drafted into the Army so he enlisted in the Air Force." - The interviewer.
City of Birth
Country of Birth
Location of Interview
Daigle, Gary; 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, "Daigle, Gary interview" (2016). Veterans Oral Histories. 428.