Oral history interview of Louis G. Toth. Interview conducted by Monique Valdes at the Orlando Veterans Association.
0:32 War/branch; 0:42 Rank; 1:26 Where he served; 1:53 Where he was from; 2:08 Why he picked service branch; 2:48 1st days of service; 3:07 Training; 3:35 Where he first went for service; 4:00 Went to England until Normandy; 4:43 First days in England; 5:14 Memorable experiences; 5:40 Tells story of colonel’s orderly—3 day pass; 7:50 Combat in Korea; 9:56 Medals/Awards; 10:46 WWII-how he stayed in touch with family; 11:04 Memories… “Kill or be killed”; 11:30 Lifestyle of war; 12:52 Got shot, leg; 13:00 Day service ended, 6-16-45; 13:41 Korean War deployment; 14:28 Battle-Korean War; 15:17 Compares WWII to Korean War; 15:45 Post-war career; 16:55 Leadership; 17:10 Friendships in service; 18:11 How experience influenced way of thinking about war; 18:37 Thoughts on current war; 19:22 What it was like when he got home; 20:27 D-Day story/experience; 22:33 Interruption; 23:01 Education, G. I. Bill; 23:46 More on invasion of Normandy; 24:37 What it was like when he got home from Korea; 25:41 How service affected his life; 27:20 Talks about wives/personal life; 28:00 Talks about brother; 29:00 From here interruption, gives irrelevant personal views; 30:21 More post-military info.
Date of Birth
Place of Birth
War or Conflict
World War II; Korean Conflict
Begin/End date of Service - 1st
Entrance into Service
Branch of Service
Unit of Service
2nd French Armor Division; Second Infantry Division
Location of Service
Fort Knox (Ky.); Normandy (France); Old Baldy Hill (Korea); Korea
Master Sergeant; MSG
Prisoner of War
Service Related Injury
Invasion of Normandy; D-Day
Arrowhead Device; Purple Heart
See the video
City of Birth
Country of Birth
Location of Interview
Orlando Veterans Association
Toth, Louis G.; World War, 1939-1945 -- Personal narratives; Korean War, 1950-1953 -- Personal Narratives; Prisoners of War -- United States; 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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Central Florida, RICHES of, "Toth, Louis G. interview" (2010). Veterans Oral Histories. 20.