Streaming Media


Oral History interview of Walter Poz. Interview conducted by Letzring, Jacob at Lockheed Martin, Sand Lake Road in Orlando Florida.


00:36 Growing up; 00:46 Childhood; 1:36 What did you do before the Air Force; 1:40 Working as a plumber; 2:00 Reasons for joining USAF; 2:50 College; 3:00 What his wife did while he was in the military; 3:30 Expectations of Air Force; 3:57 Initial impression of Air Force; 4:33 Basic Training; 9:57 Advanced training; 13:50 Pope Air Force Base and Operation Fury; 14:00 Getting called back to Pope AFB; 15:39 Aircraft for the invasion; his job; 16:30 Timeline of experiences throughout Operation Fury; 21:06 His views on Operation Fury; 21:26 When he could tell people about operation; 24:00 His job at Pope AFB; 25:00 Free time while at Pope AFB; 25:34 Length of time at Pope; 25:50 Time in Washington D.C; 26:05 Air Force One; 28:03 When he met the President; 29:06 His children & being in the military; 30:57 His job at Andrews AFB; 31:08 Recording his experience; 32:47 His ranking in the military; 34:36 Honors and medals in USAF; 35:52 When and why his service ended; 37:25 What he did when he was out of USAF; 38:53 Working at Cape Canaveral; 40:00 Duties at Lockheed Martin; 41:30 Being in contact with fellow veterans; 42:00 How he feels about his overall military experience.

Date of Birth


Place of Birth

Long Island (N.Y.)




White - Non Hispanic

Home State

New York

War or Conflict

Operation Urgent Fury, Grenada



Begin/End date of Service - 1st



Entrance into Service


Branch of Service

U.S. Air Force

Location of Service

Cumberland County (N.C.); Washington (D.C.)

Highest Rank

Staff Sergeant; SSgt

Prisoner of War


Service Related Injury



Air Force Meritorious Service Medal


Air Force One; OLA 89 FMS

City of Birth

Long Island

Country of Birth

United States


Letzring, Jacob

Interview Date


Location of Interview

Lockheed Martin, Sand Lake Road in Orlando Florida. Gender Male


Poz, Walter M.; Grenada -- History -- American Invasion, 1983; Operation Urgent Fury, Grenada; 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


Letzring, Jacob

Length of Interview

44 Minutes


Department of History, University of Central Florida


Video; MovingImage


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