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Description

Oral history interview of Mr. John M. Semple. Interview conducted by Anthony Pilot at 30 Cornell Road, Venice, Florida on December 15, 2018.

Log

0:22 Birthplace and family; 2:37 Drafted into the service; 3:50 Adjusting to military life; 5:15 Advanced training; 5:47 Navigation school; 8:55 Anecdote: Nav School Instructor and Friendships; 10:55 Class Rankings and Placement in Air Force; 12:22 Duties in Florida; 13:40 Stationed in Maine; 15:30 Time in Southeast Asia; 16:24 Refueling fighters in SE Asia; 18:40 Flying missions in Vietnam; 21:09 Photos; 22:34 Anecdote: Fellow Airmen; 23:37 Difficulty of flying maneuvers; 25:30 Personal experience refueling different aircrafts; 30:10 Reconnaissance flyers; 34:15 Most difficult plane to refuel; 37:20 Injury in the shooting range; 39:17 Treatment for hearing injury; 41:09 Separating from military service; 43:50 Family life after the military; 45:42 Learning about Vietnam after the war; 46:59 Medals and awards; 49:40 Hiding military service; 52:22 Veterans organizations; 53:02 Life lessons from the military; 54:30 How war affected his feelings about war; 56:00 Message to future generations; 57:22 Final thoughts.

Date of Birth

1944-08-17

Place of Birth

Greenwich (Conn.)

Gender

Male

Race

White - Non Hispanic

Home State

Connecticut

War or Conflict

Vietnam Era

Status

Veteran

Begin/End date of Service - 1st

1966-06-01

1971-08-01

Entrance into Service

Commissioned

Branch of Service

U.S. Air Force

Unit of Service

8th Air Force; 407 AREFS

Location of Service

Mather Air Force Base (Calif.); Homestead Air Force Base (Fla.); Loring Air Force Base (Me.)

Highest Rank

Captain; Capt

Prisoner of War

No

Service Related Injury

Yes

Battles

Unspecified

Medals

Air Medal; National Defense Service Medal; Vietnam Service Medal; Air Force Outstanding Unit Award; Air Force Longevity Service Award

Achievements

The veteran was a KC 135 Navigator.

Note

Not applicable

City of Birth

Greenwich

Country of Birth

United States

Interviewer

Pilot, Anthony

Interview Date

Fall 12-15-2018

Location of Interview

Venice, Florida

Subjects

Semple, John M.; 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

Pilot, Anthony

Length of Interview

61 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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