Oral History interview of Robert Peters. Interview conducted by Webb, Joshua at Leesburg Library, Leesburg, FL.
0:26 Birth and Early life; 4:19 Education and work before the military; 5:44 Family members in the military; 6:30 Family and Friends response to joining; 7:21 Going to basic training; 7:40 First impressions of basic training; 8:40 Experience at basic training; 9:52 Communication with family; 11:12 Technical school; 12:10 Opinions and experiences of technical school; 14:32 Going overseas; 17:20 Interactions with different aircraft; 19:28 Job in Thailand; 20:10 Average day in Thailand; 21:15 Contact with family; 22:41 Living conditions in Thailand; 23:34 Entertainment; 24:01 Interaction with the local population; 25:23 Leaving Thailand for the last time; 26:13 Leaving the service; 27:25 Reception coming home; 28:24 Plane crash; 29:40 Memorable events; 30:55 Military's effect on life after leaving it; 32:40 Veterans groups; 33:12 Advice for someone contemplating joining the military; 34:20 Final comments.
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
509 Bomber Wing
Location of Service
Udipaw (Thailand); United States
Senior Airman; E-4
Prisoner of War
Service Related Injury
Vietnam Campaign Medal; National Defense Medal
Mechanic on the flight line
"Plane he was supposed to be on crashed and 11 guys died." - The interviewer.
City of Birth
Country of Birth
Location of Interview
Leesburg Library, Leesburg, FL.
Peters, Robert; 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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University of Central Florida Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives
UCF Community Veterans History Project
Central Florida, RICHES of, "Peters, Robert interview" (2016). Veterans Oral Histories. 444.