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Oral History interview of Alton Post. Interview conducted by Campbell, Tyler at Veteran's Home in Mayflower Retirement Community.


0:01 Introduction; 0:42 Post-World War II Service in Europe/ Waiting for return to the US; 2:51 Deciding to leave the US Army; 6:02 Employment after leaving the Army in 1945; 8:51 Decision to rejoin the Army/ Process of doing so; 9:53 Mr. Post in the Competitive Tour Program/; 14:24 Command of Cavalry division in Occupied Japan/ MacArthur in Japan; 16:45 R&R in Japan with wife/ N. Korean Invasion/Beginning of Korean War; 24:33 Rifle Company in Korea/ Combat in the beginning of the war; 26:18 Pusan Perimeter's Composition; 29:10 Inchon Landing and Aftermath/; 33:47 Unit leaving Korea for Japan; 36:14 Chinese Invasion of North Korea/ Description of Massive Chinese Losses; 42:40 General Ridgeway's promotion to command of 8th Army and effect; 45:10 Assessment of U.N. forces from Turkish, Greek, and other nations; 47:25 End of Korean War involvement/ Training in the United States; 54:12 Helicopter Flight Training/ Command of Fort Ord Aviation Battalion; 1:01:14 Joint Chiefs of Staff/ Promotion to Colonel/National War College Training; 1:03:48 Command of 34th Aviation group/ Responsibilities of the Unit; 1:10:48 Commands after Vietnam; 1:12:56 Final Assignment in Vietnam/Deputy Chief of Staff Logistics in Vietnam; 1:16:02 Death of wife, Betty/ Assignment to Hawaii as CINPAC commander; 1:17:35 Service with Admiral McCain and assessment of him as an officer; 1:20:01 Service with Admiral Gayler and perception of him as a commander; 1:22:34 Command at the US Army Pacific/; 1:25:35 Service with General Depew and control over US Army training; 01:29:18 Post-Military Career; 1:33:22 Favorite Assignments during Career; 1:35:44 Military's evolution regarding gender and race; 1:40:34 Commendations and Medals Earned; 1:41:27 Anecdote of earning Bronze Star; 1:47:08 Remaining in contact with fellow soldiers; 1:51:15 Honorary Sergeant Major Award; 1:51:45 Reflection on his military service and value to his life; 1:53:07 "Time on Target" Anecdote/ Reflection on his service; 1:54:52 Wife's death and Personal Life/ Conclusion.

Date of Birth


Place of Birth

Zumbrota (Minn.)




White - Non Hispanic

Home State


War or Conflict

World War II



Begin/End date of Service - 1st



Entrance into Service


Branch of Service

U.S. Army

Unit of Service

34th Infantry Div - 1st BN; 7th Cavalry Rect; 1st Cavalry Division; 34th Cavalry; Support Group Army Aviation

Location of Service

United States; Europe; Korea; Vietnam; Hawaii; Thailand

Highest Rank

Major General; MG

Prisoner of War


Service Related Injury





Combat Infantry Badge; Bronze Star for Valor; Distinguished Flying Cross


Served as Senior Army Aviator.


Not applicable

City of Birth


Country of Birth

United States


Campbell, Tyler

Interview Date

Summer 6-8-2016

Location of Interview

Veteran's Home in Mayflower Retirement Community.


Post, Alton Gustav; World War, 1939-1945 -- 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


Campbell, Tyler

Length of Interview

115 Minutes


Department of History, University of Central Florida


Video; MovingImage


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University of Central Florida Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives

Contributing Project

UCF Community Veterans History Project

Document Type