Narrator Name

James Thayer

Interviewer Name

Jeffrey Lipford

Context for Interview

The interviewer, a student at USC Aiken, is taking a class on Oral History. The interviewer contacted the narrator through email, asking him to fill out a questionnaire to help the interviewer plan his questions, but the interviewer and narrator did not meet face-to-face until they conducted the interview.

Brief Description of Interview

The interview covers the narrator’s early life, including being homeschooled all twelve years; his entry into the Air Force and basic training; his 2 to 3 years of training in linguistics, which he could not discuss in detail; his 5-month deployment to Afghanistan; his current life as a student; and his plans for the future.

Location of Interview

RPSEC

Duration of Interview

21 minutes

Date of Birth

1988

Birthplace

Midwest City, OK

Gender

Male

Dates of Service

2008-14

Branch/Units of Service

Air Force; linguist

Theaters/Locations of Service

Afghanistan; Ft. Gordon, GA

Highest Rank Attained

Staff Sergeant

Major Course of Study

English

Previous College/University Experience

Columbia State Community College

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