Streaming Media


Oral History interview of Melvin Taylor. Interview conducted by Wiggins, Leanne; Roman-Toro, Freddie at Veteran Residence.


0:57 Early childhood; 3:34 Working during the depression as a child; 4:55 Working at the Glenn L. Martin Company during the start of WWII; 7:34 Being in the 38th Bomber Group; 8:29 Being sent overseas during WWII; 10:24 Explanation of his duties; 11:13 Being sent to the European Theater; 13:36 Anecdote about a car; 18:06 Receiving a draft notice while overseas; 21:07 Explanation of submarine dangers after WWll; 22:42 Army training; 23:29 Being reassigned to Wright Patterson Field; 24:02 Leaving the service; 26:12 Description of what he did at Right Patterson Field; 28:37 Being shifted between bases; 31:26 Description of his job with commercial planes; 32:23 Meeting his wife; 33:55 Working with Matador Missile at Patrick Air Force Base; 36:00 Working for Titan Program; 38:02 Retirement.



War or Conflict

World War II

Interview Date


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


Department of History, University of Central Florida


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