Oral history interview of Charles Lewis Hite. Interview conducted by Edmund Kallina at University of Central Florida Research Parkway.
0:25 Basic bio; 0:50 Family; 2:40 Enlistment; 4:06 Basic training; 7:25 Navigator training; 11:25 Advanced training; 14:15 Planes flown; 16:15 Bliville; 19:30 Simulations/alerts; 21:00 Macabre sense of humor; 23:00 Thailand; 27:20 Cambodian planes landing at Thailand base; 29:30 After Thailand –back to Bliville; 30:20 Job promotion –to Louisiana (4/5 years); 33:00 2 years in Nebraska/ SAC HQ; 36:00 7th Air Division in Germany; 38:00 Travel in Europe; 42:08 post-Vietnam morale Air Force; 45:24 length in Germany; 46:00 Return to Florida –flew around world still; 49:52 General Schwarzkopf; 51:00 General Hoar; 52:28 Duties during Desert Storm; 56:00 Working at UCF.
Date of Birth
Place of Birth
White - Non Hispanic
War or Conflict
Persian Gulf War; Vietnam Era
Begin/End date of Service - 1st
Entrance into Service
Branch of Service
U.S. Air Force
Unit of Service
97th Bomb Wine- 340th Bomb Squadron; 1st Combat Evaluation Group; HQ Strategic Air Command; 7th Air Division; DET 1 8th Air Force (SAC) Central Command
Location of Service
Blytheville Air Force Base (Ark.); Barksdale Air Force Base (La.); Offutt Air Force Base (Neb.); Ramstein Air Force Base (Germany); MacDill Air Force Base (Fla.)
Prisoner of War
Service Related Injury
Air Force Commendation Medal; Meritorious Service Medal
See video for details.
First 2nd LT Radar Navigator- Blytheville AFB; 501 Standardization/ Evaluation Radar Navigator- BAFB
City of Birth
Country of Birth
Location of Interview
University of Central Florida Research Parkway.
Hite, Charles L.; Vietnam War, 1961-1975 -- Personal Narratives; Persian Gulf War Era, 1990-2003 -- 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
Hite, Charles Lewis
Length of Interview
Department of History, University of Central Florida
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UCF Community Veterans History Project
Charles, Hite Lewis, "Hite, Charles Lewis interview" (2010). Veterans Oral Histories. 8.