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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

February 1921

Place of Birth

Southstand (Ind.)



Home State


War or Conflict

World War II; Korean Conflict



Entrance into Service


Branch of Service

U.S. Army

Unit of Service

2nd French Armor Division; Second Infantry Division

Location of Service

Fort Knox (Ky.); Normandy (France); Old Baldy Hill (Korea); Korea

Highest Rank

Master Sergeant; MSG

Prisoner of War


Service Related Injury



Invasion of Normandy; D-Day


Arrowhead Device; Purple Heart


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Country of Birth

United States


Valdes, Monique

Interview Date


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

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


Valdes, Monique

Length of Interview

31 minutes


Department of History, University of Central Florida


Audio, Sound


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.


University of Central Florida Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives

Contributing Project

UCF Community Veterans History Project

Document Type