Oral History interview of Mahlon Martin. Interview conducted by Stuart, Jay at Martin Residence.
0:48 Education prior to enlistment; 1:34 Reason for enlistment; 3:34 Basic Training; 4:27 Military Specialty - Radio Operator; 6:08 Deployment after training - preparation for Remote Site; 12:10 Radio operations at Goose Bay, Labrador, Canada; 15:43 Operations in Remote Site on Padloping Island; 23:05 Interaction with locals; 24:26 More on Air Force operations on the island; 26:10 Living conditions; 31:20 Communication back home and holidays; 33:11 Periscope sightings; 37:09 Entertainment; 46:03 Leaving the island; 51:15 News of father's death; 53:49 Education in the military; 59:00 Retirement from the military.
Date of Birth
Place of Birth
White - Non Hispanic
War or Conflict
Korean Conflict; Vietnam Era
Begin/End date of Service - 1st
Entrance into Service
Branch of Service
U.S. Air Force
Chief Master Sergeant; CMSgt
Prisoner of War
Air Force Commendation Medal; Korean Service Medal; United Nations Service Medal for Korea; Air Force Longevity Service Award
High Speed Radio Intercept Operator; Radio Maintenance Technician; Tropospheric Scatter Radio Maintenance Technician; Ionospheric Scatter Radio Maintenance Technician; Missile Verification and Checkout Equipment Technician; Missile Electronic Systems Maintenance Superintendent
Air Force Commendation Medal, plus 4 oak leaf clusters; Outstanding Educational Achievement Award; NCO Academy Highest Academic Grade in class of 120; Master Missileman Award; High School Level GED; College Level GED
City of Birth
Country of Birth
Location of Interview
Martin, Mahlon I.; Korean War, 1950-1953 -- Personal Narratives; Vietnam War, 1961-1975 -- 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
Length of Interview
Department of History, University of Central Florida
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Central Florida, RICHES of, "Martin, Mahlon Isacar interview" (2012). Veterans Oral Histories. 94.