Harold G. Davis details his experience in the U.S. Air Force starting with basic training at Lackland Air Force Base on January 8, 1954. Davis describes his time in active military duty in Eastern Asia the South Pacific, which included training runs in Okinawa, Japan, Korea, Wake Island, and the Philippines. He talks about military base life while overseas, the trips he took and some of the harrowing experiences he had while aboard bomber planes. He also discusses the routine duties he had as an electronics and radar technician, including the regular trainings he had to attend to learn about technology upgrades. Davis details his military experiences when he came to Great Falls, Montana, and transitioned from a Tactical Air Command [TAC] base to a Strategic Air Command [SAC] base. He recalls retiring from active duty after almost four years, then serving another six in the Air Force Reserve. Davis concludes the interview by talking about the positive effects of military duty in his life, including giving him the discipline to go to college and start his own business.
The Veteran’s Experience Oral History Project, OH 472
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Davis, Harold G., "Harold G. Davis Interview, November 23, 2019" (2019). The Veteran’s Experience Oral History Project. 6.