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Floyd M. Byers Oral History

 Collection
Identifier: MS-3389

In this interview (conducted as part of the Center for the Study of War and Society's Veteran's Oral History Project), Floyd M. Byers discusses his childhood in Tracy City, Tennessee, his experiences as an Army officer in post World War II Germany, his service as a helicopter pilot in the Vietnam War, and his postwar life working as an office manager and Vice-President for passenger traffic at Tennessee Airways.

Dates

  • 2002 April 16

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Conditions Governing Use

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Extent

0.1 Linear Feet

Abstract

In this interview (conducted as part of the Center for the Study of War and Society's Veteran's Oral History Project), Floyd M. Byers discusses his childhood in Tracy City, Tennessee, his experiences as an Army officer in post World War II Germany, his service as a helicopter pilot in the Vietnam War, and his postwar life working as an office manager and Vice-President for passenger traffic at Tennessee Airways.

Biographical/Historical Note

Floyd M. Byers was born to William and Maude Byers on 1929 February 8 in Tracy City, Tennessee. He enlisted in the Army in 1948 because his father became ill and he needed to support the family. After initially training and working as a dental assistant he went to jump school and served as a public relations officer and newspaper editor in Germany between 1952 and 1955. During this time, he married his first wife, who was a German woman. After his first tour he moved back to America with his new wife, went to warrant officer school, and trained as a helicopter pilot at Fort Benning, Georgia. In 1960, he returned to Germany for a four year tour. He came back to America in 1964 to continue training in various helicopters but was deployed to Vietnam in 1965. He flew primarily Chinook helicopters for the rest of his career. His first Vietnamese tour was in the highlands, where the trees and clouds protected his 98 foot helicopter, but his second was in the much more dangerous Mekong Delta. During his service, he obtained his degree in Political Science from Saint Leo College in Saint Leo, Florida. Byers had one son and two daughters. His son went into the Navy in 1977 and retired in 2001. Byers' first wife passed away in 1985 and he remarried an elementary school friend and moved to the Powell area of Knoxville. Floyd M. Byers died on January 26th, 2015, in Knoxville, Tennessee.

Arrangement

This collection consists of a single folder.

Missing Title

Acquisition Note

The Center for the Study of War and Society transferred this interview to Special Collections.

Repository Details

Part of the Betsey B. Creekmore Special Collections and University Archives, University of Tennessee, Knoxville Repository

Contact:
University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Knoxville TN 37996 USA
865-974-4480