Streaming Media

Description

Oral History interview of William Waters. Interview conducted by Steinberg, Andrew Jay at Waters' Residence in Orlando, FL.

Log

00:20 Biographical information; 01:44 Family members joining the military; 02:35 Joining the military; 02:48 Influences to join the Air Force; 03:15 Enlisting in the Army Air Force; 03:40 Basic Training; 04:55 After Basic; 05:40 Assigned to transit air craft area at Turner Air Force Base; 06:00 Stood fire guard; 06:20 Air Force food; 07:00 German POWs assigned to KP duty; 07:25 Highest rank during WWII; 08:14 Stationed at Turner Air Force Base; 08:49 Feelings after the end of WWII; 09:15 Attending college at University of Alabama after the WWII; 09:55 Joining Air Force ROTC in college; 10:34 Influences to join the ROTC; 11:08 ROTC course taken in college; 12:42 Training as a Radar Maintenance Officer; 13:45 Sent to 33rd Air Division at Tinker Air Force Base; 14:30 Describing radar equipment; 15:30 Talking about false radar readings; 16:20 Released from the Air Force; 17:14 Rank leaving the military; 17:20 Occupation after leaving the military; 18:30 Working for GE; 20:04 Working for Lockheed Martin; 21:45 Working in Germany for Lockheed Martin; 25:45 Encouraging students to pursue a career in engineering.

Date of Birth

1926-04-03

Place of Birth

Repton (Ala.)

Gender

Male

Race

White - Non Hispanic

Home State

Alaska

War or Conflict

World War II; Korean Conflict

Status

Veteran

Begin/End date of Service - 1st

1944

Begin/End date of Service - 1st

Unspecified

Entrance into Service

Enlisted

Commissioned

Branch of Service

U.S. Air Force

Unit of Service

2109th Base Unit

Location of Service

Albany (Ga.); Oklahoma City (Okla.)

Highest Rank

Corporal; Second Lieutenant; 2ndLt

Prisoner of War

No

Service Related Injury

No

Achievements

Served as Radar Maintenance Officer in Korean Conflict.

Note

Enlisted (World War II); Commissioned (Korean Conflict)

City of Birth

Repton

Country of Birth

United States

Interviewer

Steinberg, Andrew J.

Interview Date

9-20-2013

Location of Interview

Waters' Residence in Orlando, FL.

Subjects

Waters, William L.; World War, 1939-1945 -- Personal narratives; Korean Conflict -- Personal narratives; United States. Air Force

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

Length of Interview

28 Minutes

Publisher

Department of History, University of Central Florida

Type

Video; MovingImage

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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