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Oral history interview of Brantley Smith. Interview conducted by Jessie via Zoom on July 29, 2021. Interview topics include pre-military life; Air Force Commission: decision, when, and what it looked like for Mr. Smith; training; acclimating to military life; duties as officer in Air Force and experiences he had while fulfilling his duties; thoughts on places he visited in travels for the military; experience of being refused entry to Budapest, Hungary from Russia and being held in Russia during the Cold War; experience in restaurant in Czechoslovakia; getting promoted to First Lieutenant and decision to take the early-out program option; Transition from North African to Spain and experiences in Spain and the Mediterranean; experience serving during the Greek-Turkish civil unrest between; memorable experience of the heat in Turkey; experience of running into a fraternity brother from back home at Christmas while stationed in North Africa; experience of running into high school friend during service in Rome; experience of running into ex-girlfriend's school friend in Europe, whom he reunited with because of chance encounter; life and work just after leaving service and meeting his first wife; buying a television sales and services business in Winter Park, FL; experience of reacclimating to civilian life; experience of divorce and becoming a single parent of two children; involvement in local veteran community; contact with those he served alongside; and applying military training in civilian life.

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Department of History, University of Central Florida




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