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.
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
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
Location of Service
Airman First Class; A1C
Prisoner of War
Service Related Injury
See interview for details.
City of Birth
Country of Birth
Espinal, David; Kellis, Mariana
Location of Interview
Westminster Towers, Orlando, Florida
Parks, Walter Ray; 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
Espinal, David; Kellis, Mariana
Length of Interview
Department of History, University of Central Florida
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UCF Community Veterans History Project
Central Florida, RICHES of, "Parks, Walter Ray interview" (2018). Veterans Oral Histories. 614.