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
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.)
Staff Sergeant; SSgt
Prisoner of War
Service Related Injury
Air Force Meritorious Service Medal
Air Force One; OLA 89 FMS
City of Birth
Country of Birth
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
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, "Poz, Walter Matthew interview" (2014). Veterans Oral Histories. 206.