Oral history interview of G. Eugene Rucker. Interview conducted by Brittany Nicole Rucker at Satellite Beach, Florida.
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
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
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)
Prisoner of War
Service Related Injury
Quick Response Combat Group
City of Birth
Country of Birth
Rucker, Brittany Nicole
Location of Interview
Satellite Beach, FL.
Rucker, G. Eugene; Vietnam War, 1961-1975 -- Personal Narratives; Buddy System; Vietnam; Hawaii; Public response to service; 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
Rucker, Brittany Nicole
Length of Interview
Department of History, University of Central Florida
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G., Rucker Eugene, "Rucker, G. Eugene interview" (2011). Veterans Oral Histories. 59.