Interview with Zachary Westerman, July 31, 2012

Project: American Veterans: From Combat to Kentucky, Student Veteran Oral History Project

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Zachary Westerman joined the United States Navy on September 15, 2003. Westerman discusses his reasoning for joining the Navy and not going to college when he graduated from High School. He talks about completing basic training at Great Lakes, Illinois and receiving specialized training at Pensacola, Florida. In this interview Westerman talks about his job as an avionics electronics technician in the Navy, where he did maintenance on S-3B Viking jet planes that were used to track submarines. Talks about being sent to San Diego where he boarded a boat for a 7 and a half month deployment. Talks about close encounters with enemy aircraft and cruisers and how theses situations were handled. Talks about his transition back to the states and his challenges with accessing the educational benefits he was allowed.

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2012oh213_ww395

Interviewee Name

Zachary Westerman

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Richard C. Smoot

Interview Date

2012-07-31

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Westerman, Zachary Interview by Richard C. Smoot. 31 Jul. 2012. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Westerman, Z. (2012, July 31). Interview by R. C. Smoot. American Veterans: From Combat to Kentucky, Student Veteran Oral History Project. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.

Westerman, Zachary, interview by Richard C. Smoot. July 31, 2012, American Veterans: From Combat to Kentucky, Student Veteran Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.





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