Oral history interview of Thomas J. Whitney. Interview conducted by Devin Whitney at Ganiesville, Florida.
0:01 When joined military; 1:15 Boot camp/basic training; 3:45 Went to tech school; 7:45 First base after tech school; 11:00 First foreign base; 12:00 Description of job; 15:00 Why joined the Air Force; 17:00 First time came under mortar fire; 21:30 Discussion of rank; 22:00 What he did during the monsoons; 25:00 How free time was spent; 27:30 Cultural influences/differences; 31:00 Challenges of being in a warzone.
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
363 RTS (TAC); 432 RD (TAC)
Location of Service
Lackland Air Force Base (Tex.); Lowry Air Force Base (Colo.); Shaw Air Force Base (S.C.); Udorn (Thailand); Saigon (Vietnam)
Prisoner of War
Service Related Injury
Air Force Commendation Medal
See video for details.
City of Birth
Country of Birth
Location of Interview
Whitney, Thomas J.; Vietnam War, 1961-1975 -- Personal Narratives; Air Force; Mortar fire; Recreation; 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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Thomas, Whitney J., "Whitney, Thomas J. interview" (2011). Veterans Oral Histories. 64.