Document Type

Oral History

Interviewee name

Roger Hamann


John Springer

Interview date


Interview location

Greene, Maine





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Roger Hamann, interviewed by John Springer at Hamman's home in Greene, Maine, June 24, 1999. Hamann discusses his family’s views of the military when he was growing up in Lewiston, volunteering for the Air Force when it became clear he would likely be drafted, learning that he was to be deployed because he could speak French, survival, and POW training, meeting other Mainers at Hau Bon Royal Thai Air Force Base, and his experiences being stationed in Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam. Text: 40 pp. transcript, 2 pp. administrative. Total time: 01:44:59

Part 1: mf_na4433_01A
Part 2: mf_na4433_01B
Part 3: mf_na4433_02A


Military History | Oral History | United States History


Lewiston, Androscoggin County, Maine

Nation of origin

United States

Home state/Territory






Ethnic group



Construction; Cabinetmaker

Civic groups

VFW, Rustic Forward Air Controller Association, Air Force Memorial


1970 Basic Military Training (Lackland AFB, TX), 3708/0672

1970-1971 379th Supply Squadron, Airman, Fuel Specialist

1970-1974 Strategic Air Command (SAC)

1971-1971 21st Tactical Air Support Squadron, Airman 1st Class, Language specialist

October 1971-November 1971 19th Tactical Air Support Squadron, Airman 1st Class, Language Specialist

1971-1972 23rd Tactical Air Support Squadron, Sergeant, Voice Processing Specialist

1972-1974 42nd Supply Squadron, Staff Sergeant, Fuel Supervisor

Branch of service

U.S. Air Force

Service Unit

42nd Supply Squadron, Fuel Supervisor

Dates of service


Date of entry


Service entry


Location of Service

Phan Rang–Tháp Chàm, Ninh Thuận, Vietnam; Ubon Ratchathani, Ubon Ratchathani Province, Thailand

Awards & Ribbons

Distinguished Flying Cross; Air Medal; Air Force Presidential Unit Citation; Air Force Good Conduct Medal; National Defense Service Medal; Vietnam Service Medal; Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon; Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation; Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal

Wars & Conflicts

Vietnam War

Battles & Engagements

1970–1970, Vietnam War, Southwest Monsoon Campaign (1970); 1973, Non-operation sorties/missions over Cambodia

Entry Rank

E-1 Airman Basic

Highest Rank

E-5 Staff Sergeant

Exit Rank

E-5 Staff Sergeant


Jean Louis Hamann, Lt. Tom Clinch; Colonel Um; Captain Sam Sock; Captain Wood; President Richard Nixon; President Clinton; Saddam Hussein; Dith Pran; Haing Ngor; Gene Hackman


Lewiston, Maine; Ohio; Fairchild Air Force Base, Washington; Philippines; Phan Rang Air Force Base, South Vietnam; Ubon Royal Thai Air Force Base, Thailand; Cambodia; Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas; Loring Air Force Base, Limestone, Maine; Spokan, Washington; South Carolina; Bien Hoa Air Force Base, Vietnam; Saigon; Kampong Chhnang, Cambodia; Kampong Thom, Cambodia; Phnom Penh, Cambodia; Sanford, Maine; Fort Kent; Ho Chi Minh Trail; Austin, Texas; Rochester, New York; Nellis Air Force Base, Las Vegas, Navada; Cam Ranh Bay; Tan Son Nhut Air Force Base, Vietnam; Bates College; Caribou, Maine; Mekong; Philadelphia; Dixfield, Maine; Washington, D.C.; United States; North Vietnam


Vietnam War, 1961-1975; United States Air Force; Translators; Comradeship

Collection name

Maine Vietnam Veterans Oral History

Collection number


Item number


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