Oral History interview of Richard Connell. Interview conducted by Schneider, Sarah at University of Central Florida.
0:01 Introduction; 0:38 Early childhood; 1:30 Family and Military; 2:20 Education/Family Reaction; 3:35 Friends in service; 4:14 Basic Training/Band School- San Diego, California; 8:44 Camp Pendleton; 9:53 Marine Band; 11:50 Discharged; 13:03 Memorable Moment; 16:13 Readjusting to Civilian Life; 20:53 Receiving Commission; 21:30 Korean War; 25:00 Training; 26:18 Brooks Air Force Base; 31:26 Germany; 36:25 Wife/family; 39:45 Return to states/Family life; 42:30 Veteran Organizations; 43:25 Contact with service members; 44:52 Air force assignments; 51:18 Years in Reserve/Service; 53:57 Service Awards; 54:41 Complete.
Date of Birth
Place of Birth
Grand Rapids (Mich.)
White - Non Hispanic
War or Conflict
World War II; Korean Conflict
Begin/End date of Service - 1st
Begin/End date of Service - 2nd
Entrance into Service
Branch of Service
U.S. Air Force
Unit of Service
HQ Bat. First Division Marines; Air Force Reserves
Location of Service
Camp Pendleton (Calif.); San Diego (Calif.); Orlando (Fla); Germany; McCoy Air Force Base (Fla); Scott Air Force Base (Ill.); Colorado
Private First Class; PFC; Colonel; Col
Prisoner of War
Service Related Injury
"The veteran played Tenor Sax. Total of 4 years on active duty, rest of time was in Air Force Reserves (Individual Mobilization Augmentee; Lone Wolf in air force that would be assigned anywhere he wanted to be assigned and could get any assignment he wanted. Most Assignments were staff assignments.)" -- The interviewer.
City of Birth
Country of Birth
Location of Interview
University of Central Florida
Connell, Richard A.; World War, 1939-1945 -- Personal Narratives; Korean War, 1950-1953 -- Personal Narratives; United States. Marines; 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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University of Central Florida Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives
UCF Community Veterans History Project
Richard, Connell, "Connell, Richard interview" (2016). Veterans Oral Histories. 442.