Harold G. Davis Interview, November 23, 2019


Harold G. Davis


Jacob Hofeldt



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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.


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Document Type

Oral History

Original Date


Time Period

Twentieth century

Geographic Coverage

Japan; Montana



Original Collection

The Veteran’s Experience Oral History Project, OH 472

Holding Institution

University of Montana. Mansfield Library. Archives and Special Collections

Digital Publisher

University of Montana--Missoula. Mansfield Library

Rights Statement

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Rights Holder

Copyright to this collection is held by the interview participants and by the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula. Permission may be required for use. For further information please contact Archives and Special Collections at the University of Montana, Mansfield Library.

Oral History Number

OH 472-008

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

1 MP3 file (00:38:48): digital + 1 transcript (8 pp.: 28 cm.)

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

00:38:48 minutes

Local Filename

OH_472_008.mp3; OH_472_008.pdf

Harold G. Davis Interview, November 23, 2019