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Oral History interview of James A. Roop. Interview conducted by John Grande at Colbourn Hall, University of Central Florida.


0:01 Introduction; 0:26 Hometown and birthday; 0:34 Parents; 1:08 Siblings; 2:06 Education; 2:45 Reasons for joining the Air Force; 4:33 Family in the military; 5:27 Recruitment process; 7:50 Experience growing up; 8:42 Exams prior to entering the service; 9:15 Basic Training; 9:47 Weather at basic training; 10:19 First day at basic training; 11:16 Expectations going into the Air Force; 12:16 Length of basic training; 12:29 Instructors at basic training; 13:16 Fun memories of basic training; 13:51 Graduating from basic training; 14:32 Police Academy; 16:49 Fort Dix; 17:30 Reaction to being trained by the Army; 18:24 Length and type of training at Fort Dix; 18:59 Leave in Indiana and first assignment; 19:21 First impression of Homestead Air Force Base; 20:00 Going home for first time following basic training; 20:38 Assigned unit and routine day; 21:12 Working as a gate guard; 22:40 Length of time at Homestead; 23:03 Memorable experiences at Homestead; 24:12 Second assignment; 24:16 First impression of Japan; 25:09 Routine day in Japan; 25:57 Interacting with locals in Japan; 26:36 Memories of Japan; 27:26 Adjusting to culture; 28:30 Leave and visiting other countries; 29:11 Contact with family; 30:24 Peers in the Air Force; 31:15 Entertainment in the Air Force; 31:56 Operation Team Spirit in Korea; 33:35 Fun events in Korea; 34:06 Leaving Japan; 34:16 Experience at MacDill Air Force Base; 35:37 Wife's position in the Air Force and how they met; 36:57 Legal issues during dating; 37:56 Parents reaction to his marriage; 38:39 Reasons for leaving the Air Force; 40:05 Attending civilian police academy; 41:13 Last day in the service; 42:11 Awards received; 42:58 Highest rank achieved in the Air Force; 43:47 Joining the Oviedo Police Department; 44:30 Experience working as police officer at the University of Central Florida; 45:08 Keeping contact with friends made in the Air Force; 45:46 Hindsight regarding the Air Force; 46:29 Advice to those looking to join the Military; 47:05 Closing remarks.

Date of Birth


Place of Birth

Salem (Ind.)




White - Non Hispanic

Home State


War or Conflict

Persian Gulf War



Begin/End date of Service - 1st



Video; MovingImage

Entrance into Service


Branch of Service

U.S. Air Force

Unit of Service

31st SPS (Security Police Squadron)

Location of Service

Homestead Air Force Base (Fla.); Misawa Air Base (Japan); MacDill Air Force Base (Fla.); Fort Dix (N.J.)

Highest Rank

Senior Airman; SrA

Prisoner of War


Service Related Injury





Meritorious Service Medal; Air Force Achievement Medal


The veteran worked with the Japanese National Police and Norwegian Police; Participated in Operation Team Spirit in Korea.


Awarded the Air Force Achievement Medal twice.

City of Birth


Country of Birth

United States


Grande, John

Interview Date

Fall 11-6-2017

Location of Interview

Colbourn Hall, University of Central Florida


Roop, James A.; Persian Gulf War Era, 1990-2003 -- 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


Grande, John

Length of Interview

48 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