Oral history interview of Mr. James Shaffer. Interview conducted by Brandon Nightingale at VFW Post 10147 in Apopka, Florida on February 6, 2019.
0:52 Birthplace and early childhood; 1:42 Mother's nursing career; 2:19 Father's occupational and military history; 4:17 Education; 5:10 Being drafted and joining the Army; 6:20 Army training; 7:36 First assignment; 9:15 Becoming an officer; 10:16 Choosing flight school; 11:09 Motivation for becoming an officer; 11:41 Assignment: Defense Counsel in Special Court Martials; 12:18 Flight Training in Fort Wolters, TX; 14:26 Advanced Flight Training in Fort Rucker, AL; 16:37 Assignment: 11th Armored Cavalry in Vietnam; 17:57 First mission in Vietnam; 20:00 Assignments: Lift Platoon and Sky Platoon; 22:32 First impressions of Vietnam; 26:07 Interactions with the locals; 27:37 Writing home and morale; 28:47 Combat mission in Vietnam; 37:07 Being rescued; 42:04 Reuniting with rescuers; 43:54 Thoughts on end of war in Vietnam; 45:37 POW training program; 49:06 Injury recovery process; 54:00 Fellow patient's injury and recovery stories; 58:50 Leaving the Army; 1:03:10 Returning to civilian life; 1:04:42 Post-Vietnam years in the Army; 1:06:46 Advice for potential recruits.
Date of Birth
Place of Birth
War or Conflict
Begin/End date of Service - 1st
Entrance into Service
Branch of Service
Unit of Service
11th Armor Cav.
Location of Service
Fort Benning (Ga.); Fort Lewis (Wash.); Fort Sill (Okla.); Fort Wolters (Tex.); Fort Rucker (Ala.); Vietnam; Fort Gordon (Ga.)
Prisoner of War
Service Related Injury
The veteran flew cobras. He was shot down three times and shot five times. He also escaped a burning helicopter.
The veteran was engaged in skirmishes.
City of Birth
Country of Birth
Location of Interview
Schaffer, James; Vietnam War, 1961-1975 -- Personal Narratives; 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
Length of Interview
Department of History, University of Central Florida
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Central Florida, RICHES of, "Schaffer, James interview" (2019). Veterans Oral Histories. 631.