Oral history interview with Ben Whisenant. Interview Conducted Brandon Nightingale at Trevor Colburn Hall, UCF, Orlando, Florida on October 10, 2018.
0:37 Birth and Childhood; 0:58 Siblings; 1:05 Parents Career; 1:15 Education; 1:30 College; 1:56 Describing Time in College; 3:01 Master’s Degree; 3:50 Receiving Commission; 3:53 ROTC; 4:45 Why He Joined; 5:39 Why He Wanted to Be A Pilot; 7:40 Age When Joined; 7:44 Station After Training; 9:00 Health Issues in The Military; 10:41 Duty Station in Rio Grande Valley; 11:27 Memorable Experiences; 11:48 Re-stationed To Waco For Training School; 13:09 1st Impression of The Environment & Climate; 18:00 Military Stories; 19:52 Typical Day in The Air Force; 23:00 Flying Airplanes; 23:58 Belgian Congo; 24:27 Travel to Libya; 27:12 REF Units; 27:23 Duties; 29:53 Describing Flying Planes; 32:00 Contacting Family Back in The United States; 33:46 Family in Service; 35:01 Meeting Locals in England; 41:29 Air Force at NC State; 42:30 Life Back in America; 47:04 Reassignment in The Philippines; 54:27 Interaction with Locals in The Philippines; 56:58 Possible Brain Aneurysm in Vietnam; 1:01:50 Presidential Inquiry; 1:05:05 Air Force ROTC Headquarters Stories; 1:17:36 Working in The Pentagon; 1:23:10 Working with Top Secret Material; 1:24:30 Talking About Awards and Medals; 1:25:39 Life After Service; 1:26:02 Work as Assistant Director of Education; 1:30:01 Became A Stock Broker; 1:31:26 Talks About Service Members He Stays in Contact With; 1:32:30 Wrap Up.
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
8th Fighter Squadron, Davis Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona 420th Air Refueling Squadron, RAF Sculthorpe England, 8th Tactical Bomb Clark AFB Philippines/ Vietnam
Location of Service
Rio Grande Valley (Colo.-Mexico and Tex.); Waco (Tex.); England; Philippines
Lieutenant Colonel; LtCol
Prisoner of War
Service Related Injury
1st Air Force ROTC Commander at the University of Central Florida (Formerly F.T.U)
Minor 10% Disability; BS / Business Administation Marketing @ UNC Chapel Hill; MS / Counseling and Guidance @ Troy University - Troy, Alabama. Flew Combat Missions in Vietnam and doing the Ho Chi Minh Trial - Mostly at night after supply and ammo trucks.
City of Birth
Country of Birth
Location of Interview
Trevor Colburn Hall, University of Central Florida
Whisenant, Bennette "Ben" E.; 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, "Whisenant, Bennette "Ben" E. interview" (2018). Veterans Oral Histories. 613.