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Description

Oral History interview of Michael DeMatteis. Interview conducted by Barnes, Jessica at the University of Central Florida.

Log

0:00 Interactions in Japan while in occupied Tokyo; 2:20 Interview introduction; 3:15 Reasons for enlisting; 4:15 On watch duty during an attack; 6:20 When veteran enlisted; 6:40 Experiences during training; 8:55 Description of being a Seaman First Class; 11:30 Description of arriving at Tokyo Bay after the war; 12:15 Experiences while travelling aboard an aircraft carrier during the war; 20:55 Experiences in Asia; 25:42 Discharged from the Navy; 27:25 Food in the Navy.

Date of Birth

1926-09-28

Place of Birth

Brooklyn (N.Y.)

Gender

Male

Race

White - Non Hispanic

Home State

New York

War or Conflict

World War II

Status

Veteran

Begin/End date of Service - 1st

1944-05-17

1946-05-17

Entrance into Service

Enlisted

Branch of Service

U.S. Navy

Unit of Service

5th Division; USS Bennington CV-20

Location of Service

Iwo Jima (Volcano Islands, Japan); Okinawa (Japan)

Highest Rank

Seaman 1st Class; S1

Prisoner of War

Unspecified

Service Related Injury

Unspecified

Battles

Battle of Iwo Jima; Battle of Okinawa

Achievements

See the video

Note

Remembers being near Hiroshima and/or Nagasaki before the atomic bombs were dropped

City of Birth

Brooklyn

Country of Birth

United States

Interviewer

Barnes, Jessica

Interview Date

3-29-2013

Location of Interview

the University of Central Florida.

Subjects

DeMatteis, Michael G.; World War, 1939-1945 -- Personal narratives; United States. Navy

Collection Description

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

Contributors

RICHES; University of Central Florida

Length of Interview

30 Minutes

Publisher

Department of History, University of Central Florida

Type

MovingImage; Video

Rights

All rights are held by the respective holding institution. This material is posted publicly for non-profit educational uses, excluding printed publication. For permission to reproduce and/or for copyright information contact Special Collections and University Archives, University of Central Florida Libraries, (407) 823-2576. http://library.ucf.edu/about/departments/special-collections-university-archives/

Repository

University of Central Florida Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives

Contributing Project

UCF Community Veterans History Project

Document Type

Interview


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