Oral History interview of Vernon Moehring. Interview conducted by Meade, Danielle at Moehring's Residence.
0:00 Introduction; 0:45 Getting into the army; 1:25 Reasons for joining; 1:50 Basic Training; 3:20 Leaving for Overseas; 4:40 Training as a tank driver; 5:25 Experiences as a tank driver; 6:20 Experiences overseas; 7:00 Having a 3-day 1st period; 9:35 Writing home and family; 10:30 Earning a purple heart and experience getting injured; 12:45 Earning a bronze star; 13:20 Becoming a lieutenant with a handicap; 17:05 Memorable experiences during combat; 19:35 Sleeping arrangements and conflicts during war; 21:50 Meds in the Military; 23:00 Negative experiences during combat; 27:00 Relationships formed during the war; 29:00 Experiences after the war in Europe ended; 34:00 Returning home; 34:20 Life in America; 35:30 Start of Korean War; 37:00 Children in the military; 38:00 College experience; 39:00 Experiences during Korea and Vietnam; 42:54 Closing Thoughts.
Date of Birth
Place of Birth
White - Non Hispanic
War or Conflict
World War II
Begin/End date of Service - 1st
Entrance into Service
Branch of Service
Unit of Service
2nd Infantry Div.; the National Guard
Corporal; CPL; First Lieutenant; 1LT
Prisoner of War
Service Related Injury
Battle of Normandy
Purple Heart; Bronze Star Medal; Army Commendation Medal
Tank Driver and Platoon Leader
Country of Birth
Location of Interview
Moehring, Vernon A.; World War, 1939-1945 -- Personal narratives; Korean War, 1950-1953 -- Personal Narratives; United States. Army
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
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UCF Community Veterans History Project
Central Florida, RICHES of, "Moehring, Vernon August interview" (2012). Veterans Oral Histories. 109.