Streaming Media

Description

Oral history interview of G. Eugene Rucker. Interview conducted by Brittany Nicole Rucker at Satellite Beach, Florida.

Log

0:50 Joined the Air Force on the buddy system (after he got his draft); 1:18 Vietnam service stories; 2:41 He got married, then 41 days later, sent to Hawaii for 6 months training; 4:20 "Scary part of his tour;" 8:55 Agent Orange; 15:40 Difficulty with wife - having to keep communication; 17:01 Post-Vietnam; 17:07 Public's reaction to him coming home; 17:30 Compares to now (the troops being welcomed home); 17:35 Q: The one thing he missed from home - A: "The freedom to do what I wanted to do;" 18:38 Negative effect on him - that his service was not recognized.

Date of Birth

1947-12-04

Place of Birth

Kingston (Tenn.)

Gender

Male

Race

White - Non Hispanic

Home State

Tennessee

War or Conflict

Vietnam Era

Status

Veteran

Begin/End date of Service - 1st

1965-12-07

1971-04-15

Entrance into Service

Enlisted

Branch of Service

U.S. Air Force

Unit of Service

822nd Combat Division USAF

Location of Service

Phang Rang (Vietnam); Tong Shu Nut-Saigon (Vietnam); Bien Hoa (Vietnam); Phù Cát (Vietnam); Pleiku (Vietnam); Cam Ranh Bay (Vietnam); Thuy (Vietnam)

Highest Rank

Unspecified

Prisoner of War

No

Service Related Injury

Yes

Battles

Unspecified

Medals

Unspecified

Achievements

Quick Response Combat Group

Note

Not applicable

City of Birth

Kingston

Country of Birth

United States

Interviewer

Rucker, Brittany Nicole

Interview Date

4-17-2011

Location of Interview

Satellite Beach, FL.

Subjects

Rucker, G. Eugene; Vietnam War, 1961-1975 -- Personal Narratives; Buddy System; Vietnam; Hawaii; Public response to service; 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

Contributors

Rucker, Brittany Nicole

Length of Interview

19 minutes

Publisher

Department of History, University of Central Florida

Type

Video; MovingImage

Rights

All rights are held by the respective holding institution. This material is posted publicly for non-profit educational uses, excluding printed publication. For permission to reproduce and/or for copyright information contact Special Collections and University Archives, University of Central Florida Libraries, (407) 823-2576. http://library.ucf.edu/about/departments/special-collections-university-archives/

Repository

University of Central Florida Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives

Contributing Project

UCF Community Veterans History Project

Document Type

Interview


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