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Oral History interview of Sue Mason. Interview conducted by Mason, Susan at Lady Lake Library, Lady Lake, FL.


0:35 Birth and early life; 1:06 Family in military; 1:39 Decision to join the military; 2:04 Aunt's experience in WWII; 2:45 Application for commission; 3:14 Family reaction and life previous to joining the military; 4:06 Initial training and description of Basic Training; 5:30 Advanced Individual training at Fort Huachuca; 6:08 Fort Carson, 4th infantry; 6:29 Fort Huachuca, MI officer basic course; 7:12 Assignment to Special Security office at Huachuca; 7:52 Assignment to 1st of 44th Air Defense Artillery; 8:17 Assassination of South Korean President; 11:36 Student Demonstration; 12:56 Interaction with local Koreans; 14:14 Sponsorship of Orphanage; 19:24 Duties in Korea; 20:22 Interaction with KATUSA; 22:53 Korean work party for public works; 23:42 Curfew and Infiltration squads in Korea; 25:25 Life in Korea; 27:17 Rioting in Korea; 28:07 Aid to orphanage; 31:00 Contact with friends/family during and after Korea; 33:13 Assignment to 527th in Germany/Counter-Intelligence; 34:52 Joining the Reserves; 35:08 Joint Task Force Bliss/Narcotics Investigations; 36:52 Border Patrol in Numa; 38:25 Retirement from Reserves; 38:57 Dealing with Top Secret information; 43:37 History/significance of Fort Huachuca; 45:54 Drug trafficking as part of Border Control; 49:57 Invasion of Grenada; 53:51 Reserve activation for Desert Storm; 55:22 Medals/Awards; 57:52 End of Service with Reserves; 61:27 Injury on Duty; 63:22 Orphanage repair; 65:13 Reflections as a Female Officer in Military.

Date of Birth


Place of Birth

Long Beach (Calif.)



Home State


War or Conflict

Vietnam Era



Begin/End date of Service - 1st



Video; MovingImage


Entrance into Service


Branch of Service

U.S. Army

Unit of Service

Air Defense, mostly MI, Second Army Division Forward, Intel Training Officer for G-2 shop

Location of Service

Fort McLellan (Ala.); Fort Huachuca (Ariz.); Fort Carson (Colo.); Korea; Fort Bragg (N.C.); Germany

Highest Rank

Lieutenant Colonel; LTC

Prisoner of War


Service Related Injury





Army Good Conduct Medal; Army Commendation Medal; Army Superior Unit Award; National Service Ribbon; Army Achievement Medal


"[The veteran] used to prepare secret (more than top secret) briefing books for Generals; Involved in the Narcotics Intelligence Network (CA); Was a part of 4 counter drug tours with a joint task force; Worked with the DEA, FBI, and border patrol; Reserve unit was activated for Desert Storm." - Interviewer.


Was in Korea when an aide killed the South Korean president; spent 23 years in the army, 12 years of which was in the reserve; was on a Reserve Commission; in the reserves from January or February of 1987 to 2000. Provided intelligence support for the invasion of Grenada. Won Army Superior Unit Award for Desert Storm and many other awards including Air Force Award (Germany).

City of Birth

Long Beach

Country of Birth

United States


Mason, Susan

Interview Date


Location of Interview

Lady Lake Library, Lady Lake, FL.


Mason, Sue; Cold War -- Personal Narratives; Women and the military -- United States; 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


Mason, Susan

Length of Interview

68 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