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Oral history interview of Edgar Wycoff. Interview conducted by Caroline Heumann at the University of Central Florida in Orlando, FL on April 27, 2017.


0:25 Introduction of Presentation; 1:20 Professor at UCF while in the Reserves; 1:38 Cadet commander at FSU ROTC and flight training; 2:10 Work in other areas; 2:35 Left the Air Force and worked with Lockheed Martin; 3:12 Returned to FSU for P.H.D; 3:52 Reserve Assignments, joining Natl Congress on Aerospace Education; 4:55 Meeting highly decorated servicemen; 6:16 Meeting Alan Shepard, the first American in Space, and Scott Carpenter; 7:45 A. Scott Crossfield and X-15's, Chuck Yeager; 10:45 George Gay, author of "Sole Survivor" and hero of Battle of Midway; 12:20 Dr. Paul Garber, founder of National Air and Space Museum; 14:30 Gen. Albert F. Hegenberger, "Father of Air Navigation"; 19:22 Joe Kittinger; 21:12 Col. Doug Canning's Strafer Squadron; 22:40 Doug Canning brought down Japanese Admiral Yamamoto; 24:20 Life Lessons; 28:17 Beginning of Interview: Biographical Information and childhood; 29:22 Parents Occupation; 29:55 Growing up in Florida, pet alligator; 30:35 Education before the service; 30:58 Collegiate circus acrobat while at FSU; 32:08 ROTC experience; 33:42 Family members in the military; 35:22 Experience with recruitment process; 36:55 "Summer Camp" at MacDill AFB; 37:40 Pulling pranks, and bonding with trainees; 39:10 Advanced Training/Intelligence School; 40:44 TV show for Air Force in Texas; 41:25 Story from Philippines, drinking with Russians; 43:22 Leaving the military before Vietnam War; 44:45 Arriving in the Philippines, absorbing culture; 46:15 Typical day in the Air Force; 47:30 Almost kicked out of Air Force, handling the hierarchy; 49:48 Describing fellow servicemen; 50:32 Work with civilians/NSA; 52:28 Staying in contact with family; 53:32 Joining the Air Force Reserves; 54:34 Traveling, visiting cousin who worked for Library of Congress; 55:57 Becoming a university professor; 58:58 Becoming a professional speaker; 1:01:08 Responsibilities in Air Force Reserves; 1:03:40 Recommending the Reserves, changes in the military; 1:04:32 Success of women in the military; 1:05:45 Changes within the Air Force, working with aviation films; 1:08:25 Discharge from the reserves, writing; 1:11:25 Medals and citations; 1:13:25 Things he would have done differently; 1:14:42 What he's most proud of, family and meeting great people; 1:16:08 Making documentary films about aviation and people missing from history; 1:18:50 End of interview.

Date of Birth


Place of Birth

Spartanburg (S.C.)




White - Non Hispanic

Home State

South Carolina

War or Conflict

Cold War Era



Begin/End date of Service - 1st



Video; MovingImage


Begin/End date of Service - 2nd



Entrance into Service


Branch of Service

U.S. Air Force

Unit of Service

USAF Security Service, Intelligence Communication Officer; Foreign Intelligence Division; USAF Motion Picture Division; USAF Public Affairs; USAF CAP Liaison

Location of Service

Texas; California; Philippines

Highest Rank

Lieutenant Colonel; LtCol

Prisoner of War


Service Related Injury





Air Force Meritorious Service Medal


Received Outstanding U.S. Air Force Public Affairs reserve officer in Southeast award, 1980, 1981; Honorary Rank of Colonel, U.S. Civil Air Patrol, for service in Southeast District, 1985. U.S.; Air Force Meritorious Service Medal, 1979, 1981, 1985. "I retired from the U.S. Air Force Reserve as a Lieutenant Colonel after 28 years of service, receiving numerous awards including three Air Force Meritorious Service medals. As a frequent master of ceremonies while in the USAF Reserve, I has introduced some of country's leading personalities in aviation and space, motion pictures, television and government including the first U.S. astronaut Admiral Alan Shepard, on the anniversary of Shepard's historic flight. Was regular master of ceremonies and program producer for the National Congress on Aviation and Space Education for about 13 years. Event sponsored by USAF, Smithsonian Institution, Civil Air Patrol, and the FAA." -- The veteran.


The veteran was on Active duty: Mar. 24, 1958 - June 7, 1960 (2.5 years); Active reserve: Mar 24, 1958- June 30, 1985 (28 years).

City of Birth


Country of Birth

United States


Heumann, Caroline

Interview Date


Location of Interview

University of Central Florida in Orlando, FL.


Wycoff, Edgar Byron B.; Cold War -- Personal Narratives; United States. Air Force

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


Heumann, Caroline

Length of Interview

79 Minutes


Department of History, University of Central Florida




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University of Central Florida Libraries, Special Collections & University Archives

Contributing Project

UCF Community Veterans History Project

Document Type