Oral history interview of Mr. Rex C. Cain. Interview conducted by Tyler Campbell at the Masonic Home of Florida in St. Petersburg, Florida on 03/22/2018.
0:01 Introduction; 0:25 Early childhood and education; 1:15 Inspired by his father; 2:50 Family; 3:15 Childhood and moving around; 5:35 Use of the G.I. Bill; 5:55 College Education; 6:30 Enlisting in the Air Force; 7:50 First experience after joining; 9:00 Basic Training; 10:45 Job in the Air Force; 15:00 Typical day in Puerto Rico; 17:25 Communicating back home; 18:32 Interacting with locals in Puerto Rico; 22:10 Off time in Puerto Rico; 22:40 Going to McCoy Air Force Base in Orlando; 23:35 Job at McCoy; 26:15 Differences between time in Orlando and Puerto Rico; 27:12 Memorable experience in McCoy; 28:45 Time off in Orlando; 29:10 Discharge/ Florida State enrollment; 30:00 Going back to Orlando and using the G.I. Bill; 33:30 Teaching; 35:04 Contact with former colleagues; 36:05 Advice to those considering the military/ need for servicemen; 38:53 Final thoughts; 41:18 Closing remarks.
Date of Birth
Place of Birth
White - Non Hispanic
War or Conflict
Begin/End date of Service - 1st
Entrance into Service
Branch of Service
U.S. Air Force
Unit of Service
72nd and 306th Security Police Squadrons; 8th Air Force SAC (Strategic Air Command)
Location of Service
Quonset Point Naval Air Station (R.I.); Brunswick (Me.)
Prisoner of War
Service Related Injury
Guarded nuclear weapons and alert-area aircraft.
The veteran had one alert in October 1970.
City of Birth
Country of Birth
Location of Interview
Masonic Home of Florida, St. Petersburg, FL
Cain, Rex C.; 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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Central Florida, RICHES of, "Cain, Rex Clark interview" (2018). Veterans Oral Histories. 580.