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Oral history interview of Mr. James Van Horn. Interview conducted by Sara Nazarin at the Westminister Towers in Orlando, Florida on 10/23/2019. Interview topics include, introduction; birthplace at San Francisco; Father in the Army Air Corps; Mother’s side of the Army; description of childhood; motivation for entering the service; the process of being a commissioned officer in the Signal corps; travels to Fort Monmouth and happenings during that time; being sent for Advance officer training; transferred to Fort Georgia; assistant in ROTC summer camp; entrance to flight school; training at Camp Wolters, experience at the Smithsonian Museum, training program for H-19 and H-23 helicopter; training at Fort Huachuca; water testing at Yuma, Arizona; being sent to Fort Bragg and Fort McPherson , Georgia for plane repair; sent to Fort Hood, Texas and experience in plane failures; crash incident story; orders to be stationed at Korea from Fort Knox, Kentucky; sent to Vietnam when escalation occurs; reasons for leaving the Army; conclusion.

Date of Birth



Video; MovingImage


Nazarian, Sara

Interview Date

Fall 10-23-2019

Location of Interview

Westminster Winter Park, Florida

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

Length of Interview

104 minutes


Department of History, University of Central Florida




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University of Central Florida Libraries, Special Collections & University Archives

Contributing Project

UCF Community Veterans History Project

Document Type