Oral history interview of Thomas Henry Strahan. Interview conducted by Michael Thomas Strahan at Deleon Springs, Florida.
1:00 Rank and service; 1:28 Reason for choosing Army; 2:00 Entering service; 2:30 Feelings about entering service; 2:45 Draft; 4:50 Help given and recieved; 5:20 Picked for leadership; 6:15 Instructors; 7:00 Locations in Vietnam; 7:50 Job in Vietnam; 8:20 First impressions of Vietnam; 9:30 Jobs and company name; 9:50 Combat; 10:50 Casualties; 11:20 Most memorable experiences; 12:35 Building air strip for "Air America;" 13:45 Medals awards; 14:00 How to keep in touch with family; 14:15 Food in Vietnam; 15:55 Ever eat any local food; 16:20 What you did with extra food supplies; 17:11 Stress while in country; 18:12 Good luck things; 18:28 Entertainment in Vietnam; 20:50 Vietnamese children; 21:00 Number rating system of children; 21:25 Leave while in Vietnam; 21:50 Visit younger brother; 22:20 Movies and the club; 23:00 Funny things in Vietnam; 23:32 Pranks; 23:45 Photos from Vietnam; 24:11 People in photos; 24:20 Officers; 26:30 Article 15; 27:15 Day discharged from Army 6-15-70; 28:10 First days at home; 29:13 Contact with other veterans; 30:02 Belong to any veterans group; 30:20 Careers after war; 30:50 Computer; 31:00 Learning about computer; 31:47 Military experience affect opinions; 32:30 Reunions; 32:50 Military service affect life; 33:13 Close interviews.
Date of Birth
Place of Birth
White - Non Hispanic
War or Conflict
Begin/End date of Service - 1st
Entrance into Service
Branch of Service
Unit of Service
31 Engineer Battalion
Location of Service
Vietnam; Fort Leonard Wood (Mo.)
Prisoner of War
Service Related Injury
See video for details.
City of Birth
Country of Birth
Strahan, Michael Thomas
Location of Interview
Deleon Springs, FL.
Strahan, Thomas H.; Vietnam War Era -- Personal Narratives; Vietnam; Air America; Combat; Casualties; Leave (Recreation); Article 15; United States. Army
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
Strahan, Michael Thomas
Length of Interview
Department of History, University of Central Florida
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UCF Community Veterans History Project
Central Florida, RICHES of, "Strahan, Thomas Henry interview" (2011). Veterans Oral Histories. 62.