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Description

Oral history interview with Walter Parks. Interview conducted by David Espinal and Mariana Kellis at Westminster Towers, 70 W Lucerne Cir, Orlando, FL on November 9, 2018.

Log

0:28 Birth/Childhood Place; 1:33 Careers of Parents; 3:02 Chores during Childhood; 4:41 Enlistment Story; 4:41 Father's Reaction to Enlistment; 6:25 Basic Training; 8:24 Sent to Charlottesville, NC; 9:23 ECM Position and Experiences; 11:15 Mother's Reaction to Enlistment; 12:07 Current Relationships with Acquaintances During Service; 12:45 Education Background; 15:37 Adjustment to Life in a New State/Location; 16:20 Leisurely Activities During Service; 18:57 Leisure Activities after Service/ New family life; 19:29 Relationship with his wife after Service; 20:10 Divorce/New Marriage; 21:45 Relationship with his peers at the Airforce; 22:09 Entering near the Korean War; 23:34 Service as a Squad Leader/Non-Combat; 25:19 Attitude towards the Korean War; 27:40 Explanation of the Ration System; 28:12 Boat Skiing Incident; 30:18 Awards during the Korean War; 30:49 Weapons training; 31:44 Leaving Service; 32:10 Explanation of Rank Promotion; 32:49 Reflections after Service; 34:50 Life after Service; 37:10 Lessons from Service; 37:50 Meeting with former Veterans from the Airforce; 38:45 Closing Statements; 39:11 End of the Interview.

Date of Birth

1936-02-23

Place of Birth

KoKoMo (Ind.)

Gender

Male

Race

White - Non Hispanic

Home State

Indiana

War or Conflict

Vietnam Era

Status

Veteran

Begin/End date of Service - 1st

Unspecified

1958-05-01

Entrance into Service

Enlisted

Branch of Service

U.S. Air Force

Unit of Service

Unknown

Location of Service

Charlotte (N.C.)

Highest Rank

Airman First Class; A1C

Prisoner of War

No

Service Related Injury

No

Battles

None

Medals

Unspecified

Achievements

See interview for details.

Note

Not applicable

City of Birth

KoKoMo

Country of Birth

United States

Interviewer

Espinal, David; Kellis, Mariana

Interview Date

Fall 11-9-2018

Location of Interview

Westminster Towers, Orlando, Florida

Subjects

Parks, Walter Ray; Vietnam War, 1961-1975 -- 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

Contributors

Espinal, David; Kellis, Mariana

Length of Interview

40 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 & University Archives

Contributing Project

UCF Community Veterans History Project

Document Type

Interview


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