Oral History interview of Charles North. Interview conducted by Kittel, Carly at UCF Orlando, FL.
0:36 Early childhood; 2:42 Memory of Pearl Harbor; 4:10 Family in the military; 4:50 Effect of his father being overseas in WWII on his family; 6:35 Education; 7:32 Decision to join the Navy; 7:51 Navy boot camp and disbursement training; 9:06 Being away from his mother for the first time; 10:05 First cruise USS Stockham DD683 to Europe; 10:33 Experience in Rome, Italy with combat; 12:23 Duties and experience as a Disbursing Clerk; 13:39 Experience with Selective Conversion Retention (SCR); 14:25 Change to being a cryptologist and duties; 15:56 Activities during time off; 17:13 Communicating back home; 17:27 Visiting home; 18:38 Writing the Self-Paced Program for Naval Comm. Teletype Operators; 20:15 Medals and accolades; 20:34 Retiring from the Navy; 21:07 Being a civilian during the 1970s recession and continuing his education; 22:46 Use of the GI Bill for education and a home; 23:15 How the military affected his civilian life; 23:56 Becoming a transcriptionist; 24:20 Effect of his childhood on his adult life; 25:32 Reflections on his military experience; 26:06 Advice for future generations going into the military; 26:42 Opinions and feelings towards the Veterans Affairs office.
Date of Birth
Place of Birth
White - Non Hispanic
War or Conflict
Begin/End date of Service - 1st
Entrance into Service
Branch of Service
Unit of Service
USS Stockham DD-683; USS Stribling DD-880; USS Dyess DDR; USS Jamestown GTR3
Location of Service
Chief Petty Officer; CPO
Prisoner of War
Service Related Injury
Navy Achievement Medal
Instructor for Naval communication Teletype Operators
Awarded Navy Achievement Medal for writing the first self-paced program for naval communication teletype operators. Not interested in relating active duty; wants to talk about his vivid memories of December 7, 1941 (Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor) at the age of 6.
City of Birth
Country of Birth
Location of Interview
UCF Orlando, FL.
North, Charles M.; Vietnam War, 1961-1975 -- Personal Narratives; Pearl Harbor; United States. Navy
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, "North, Charles M. interview" (2014). Veterans Oral Histories. 220.