Oral history interview of Mr. John M. Semple. Interview conducted by Anthony Pilot at 30 Cornell Road, Venice, Florida on December 15, 2018.
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
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
8th Air Force; 407 AREFS
Location of Service
Mather Air Force Base (Calif.); Homestead Air Force Base (Fla.); Loring Air Force Base (Me.)
Prisoner of War
Service Related Injury
Air Medal; National Defense Service Medal; Vietnam Service Medal; Air Force Outstanding Unit Award; Air Force Longevity Service Award
The veteran was a KC 135 Navigator.
City of Birth
Country of Birth
Location of Interview
Semple, John M.; 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
Length of Interview
Department of History, University of Central Florida
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Central Florida, RICHES of, "Semple, John M. interview" (2018). Veterans Oral Histories. 630.