Oral History interview of Ivan Stilp. Interview conducted by Dennison, Matthew at Veteran's Residence.
0:00 Introduction; 0:30 Early Childhood; 0:58 Enlistment in the Navy and reasons why; 2:50 Training as an electrician; 3:10 LST training and description; 4:15 Explanation of high turnout for submarine service; 5:30 LST training Continued; 7:19 Shipping overseas through Mississippi River from Pennsylvania; 11:00 Arrival at England and staging area preparations; 12:10 Training in Southern England for Invasion of Normandy; 12:30 Explanation of what LST -284 carried for the invasion; 13:10 Feelings about the upcoming invasion and how everyone dealt with it; 13:50 General Eisenhower came down to wish them well; 14:30 Invasion of Normandy (First Wave- Omaha Beach); 15:40 LCVP's are loaded with men and sent ashore; 16:00 LST -284 hits the shore and drops off all 6 tanks; 16:30 LST-284 turns into a medical facility for wounded; 17:45 Collected wounded and headed back to England for supplies (3 trips); 18:45 Repaired LST -284 in England; 19:15 30-day leave in the United States and then sent to the Pacific; 19:50 Ryukyu Islands staging area for the Invasion of Japan; 20:15 Kamikaze encounters in the Pacific; 21:45 End of WWII in the Pacific; 22:20 Total surrender of the Japanese; 23:00 Policing Tokyo after the surrender; 25:00 Sent back to the States and was greeted by everyone in San Francisco; 27:00 Arrive at Houston, Texas to decommission the ship and was discharged; 27:30 Free time in Tokyo during occupation; 29:15 Before the invasion of Normandy, took supplies to Italy; 30:00 Him and a few others took a jeep to Naples for ice cream; 31:11 How the Japanese felt about U.S. troops in Tokyo; 31:49 Explanation of comradely with ship mates; 34:15 Treatment after arriving back home; 34:40 Military medals and what they were; 35:45 Civilian life and going back to college for Electronics and reasons why; 38:52 Experience at RCA service company and Martin (later Lockheed Martin); 40:15 Retirement and veteran involvement within the community; 41:50 AWOL in New Orleans at Mardi Gras before shipping overseas; 44:12 Movie theater story in England.
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
USS LST- 284
Location of Service
Normandy (France); France, Southern; Ryukyu Islands (Japan); Tokyo (Japan)
Electrician's Mate Petty Officer 1st Class; EM1
Prisoner of War
Service Related Injury
Invasion of Normandy
Ship's Chief Electrician, Commissioned and De-Commissioned the ship
Awarded medals five times for various campaigns.
City of Birth
Country of Birth
Location of Interview
Stilp, Ivan H.; World War, 1939-1945 -- Personal narratives; Invasion of Normandy; 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
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Central Florida, RICHES of, "Stilp, Ivan H. interveiw" (2013). Veterans Oral Histories. 167.