Oral History interview of William Whitmire. Interview conducted by Wilt, Ashley at Mr. Whitmire's home in Ocoee, FL.
0:00-0:26 Interviewer's introduction; 0:27-4:00 Childhood leading up to military. Attempt at joining the Air Force, instead joined Navy; 4:01-5:36 Applied for OCS in February 1959; graduated in July and was assigned to USS Exploit, MSO (Mine Sweeper Ocean) 440, 3 years on Exploit, separated from active service during summer of 1962; 5:37-8:13 Returned to Tallahassee from active service. Is hired by Martin Marietta; meets and marries first wife in 1963. In 1965 President Johnson may call upon reserves and so he re-joins the Navy as an active service weapons officer in Okinawa; 8:14-11:29 1st Western Pacific Cruise in beginnings of 1967; 9 amphibious invasions around DMZ; 11:30-17: 19 Remarries and returns to Martin Marietta; discusses feelings about the war, and doing as you are told to do; 17:20-21:55 'No one thinks war is fun.' Discusses losing various military members, Arizona Senior Senator John McCain and his service during the same time and serving as air support for McCain's ship; 21:56 Reflects on military experience; 25:24 Conclusion-no regrets.
Date of Birth
Place of Birth
War or Conflict
Entrance into Service
Branch of Service
Unit of Service
USS Okinawa LPH 3 Gunnery and Nuclear Weapons Officer
Prisoner of War
Service Related Injury
Vietnam Service Medal; Vietnam Campaign Medal; National Defense Service Medal; Meritorious Unit Commendation
Sea Detail, Underway Replenishment and General Quarters Officer of the Deck
City of Birth
Country of Birth
Location of Interview
Mr. Whitmire's home in Ocoee, FL.
Whitmire, William K.; Vietnam War, 1961-1975 -- Personal Narratives; United States. Navy
Contains logs, audio and video recordings of interviews with Central Florida's veterans as part of a history class project for the students at the University of Central Florida (UCF). The UCF Community Veterans History Project(CVHP) started in fall 2010. It collects, preserves, and makes accessible to the public the experiences of Central Florida's veterans so that future generations will better understand the realities of conflict. It is a collaborative endeavor supported by multiple departments and offices at UCF. The veterans' histories are archived and made digitally available through the UCF library and selected materials are contributed to the Veterans History Project at the Library of Congress.
Contributor Affiliation / Organization
RICHES; University of Central Florida
Length of Interview
Department of History, University of Central Florida
Audio; Sound; Video; MovingImage
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UCF Community Veterans History Project
Central Florida, RICHES of, "Whitmire, William Kitner interview" (2011). Veterans Oral Histories. 106.