Shannon, Dr Emmet 1968, 1982

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Tape 1: Dr. Shannon relates changes in area medicine, primarily with the differences between rural and urban patients. Tape 2: Dr. Shannon tells about his military experience and medical career, along with changes he has seen in Lubbock and Reese AFB through the years.

General Interview Information

Interviewee Name: Dr. Emmet Shannon

Additional Parties Recorded: None

Date: July 23, 1968, September 13, 1982

Location: Lubbock, Texas

Interviewer: David B. Gracy II, Mark Wells

Length: 1 hour 5 minutes


Tape 1, Side 1: Reason for specialization, Lubbock, Texas (1942), Appearance, Population, Lubbock (1951), Reason for coming, Reese personnel, Medicine (1951), Clinics, Number of doctors, Hospital locations, House calls, Rural vs. urban health, Rural medical problems, Auto accident incident, Big city practice problems.

Tape 1, Side 2: Blank

Tape 2, Side 1: First came to Lubbock (1941), Sent from Randolph Field, Basic training, Born: April 19, 1919, at Richmond, Texas, Education, High school at Richmond, Schreiner Institute in Kerrville, Texas, University of Texas at Austin, Medical school preparation, War started, Complications with Medical school entrances due to draft, Signed up for Army Air Corps (January 1941), Kelly Field, Primary training, Missouri, Basic training, Randolph Field, BT-9 plane, Last class to fly it, High mortality rate, Classes, Sizes, Living conditions, Hazing, Training, No previous air training, Qualifications of program, BT-9 (again), Description, Problems in flying, Training, Safety precautions, Schooling and flights, First solo, Traditions, Came to Lubbock (June or July 1941), Graduated (September 1941), Orders to move to Lubbock Army Airfield, Population, Came with another classmate, Location of Lubbock Army Airfield, Glider Field, Location, Separate military facility, Advanced twin engine training, Lubbock Army Airfield, Length of stay, Airplanes flown, Cessna AT-17, "Bamboo Bomber", Curtis AT-9, Flights, Technology, Flying at Big Spring, Texas, Formations, Landing, Lubbock Advanced Training (again), Graduation ceremony, Wings, Commission, Attrition rate, Flying deficiencies, Relationship with classmates, Discipline, Restrictions against marriage, Entertainment, Movies, Lubbock, Texas, Boundaries, Downtown area, Dry town, Graduation, Assignment, Big Spring, Texas, Feelings, Trained bombardiers, Helped organize school, Requesting transfers, Airplanes flown, AT-11 Description, Passenger capacity, Bomb capacity, Fuel capacity, Speed range.

Tape 2, Side 2: Mission, Description, Practice bombs, Technology, Life in Big Spring, Bomb groups, Training Frenchmen, Stayed in Big Spring until World War II ended, 1945, Flight hours, Rank, Captain upon retiring (October 1945), Point system, Military benefits, Educational supplements, Returned to University of Texas, Entered medical school (Fall 1946), 4 years schooling, 1 year internship, Family practice, 2 1/2 years, Orthopedic residency, 4 years, Came back to Lubbock (1950), Reasons, Work, Marriage, Meeting, Blind date, Orthopedic residency (again), Houston, Baylor University Residency Program, Came back to Lubbock again (January 1958), Orthopedic practice, Changes in Lubbock, Population, Relationship with Texas Tech, Position, Travel with football team, Aviation interest, Reserves for 10 years, Kerrville, Texas, Flew commercially, Personal flying, Instrument rated, Changes in Reese Air Force Base.

Range Dates: 1919-1982

Bulk Dates: 1940s-1950s

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