Oral history interview with Thomas C. Groomes. Interview conducted by Julio Hierro and Caleb Krueger at Trevor Colburn Hall, UCF, Orlando, Florida on November 9, 2018.
0:37 Where and when was Mr. Groomes born; 0:47 Reflection of living in hometown of Augusta, GA; 1:05 Where Mr. Groomes resided by till service; 1:12 What parents did for a living; 1:20 Mention of siblings; 1:30 Education before service; 2:12 Education during service; 2:21 Physical training before the service; 2:34 Family in the military; 2:51 Families thoughts on service; 3:39 Feelings about basic training; 3:55 Transfer from Army to Air Force; 4:05 Experience in basic training; 4:50 Thoughts on instructors; 5:21 First assignment/ Remembering Cuban Missile Crisis; 7:01 Deployment to Laos/ Pre-deployment memories; 9:03 Arrival to Laos; 9:59 Brief stint in Vietnam; 10:27 First impressions of Laos; 12:07 Typical day on the job; 13:21 Keeping in touch with family; 13:48 What food was like; 14:20 Entertainment; 15:08 Leave/Vacations; 16:06 Humor during assignments; 17:15 Combat Stories; 22:30 Retirement; 23:08 Life Post-retirement; 23:51 Medals and Citations; 24:08 Highest Rank Obtained; 25:10 Education Post Retirement; 25:30 Career Post Retirement; 25:50 Contact with Former Comrades; 26:58 Social Issues Post War; 29:05 Family Life Post Career; 29:33 How Service is Remembered; 30:00 Additional Stories from Service; 32:19 One Phone Call; 33:21 Negative Public View of The War; 34:58 Wrap Up.
Date of Birth
Place of Birth
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
Senior Master Sergeant; SMSgt
Prisoner of War
Service Related Injury
Tet Offensive; Lima Site 85 Laos
Bronze Star; Commendation Medal
See interview for details.
The veteran won 2 Bronze Combat Stars and 3 Commendations.
City of Birth
Country of Birth
Hierro, Julio; Krueger, Caleb
Location of Interview
Trevor Colburn Hall, University of Central Florida
Groomes, Thomas C.; 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
Hierro, Julio; Krueger, Caleb
Length of Interview
Department of History, University of Central Florida
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Central Florida, RICHES of, "Groomes, Thomas C. interview" (2018). Veterans Oral Histories. 620.