0:01 Introduction; 0:45 Childhood; 2:00 Education & Musical Interest; 3:40 Employment Prior to Being Drafted; 4:23 Pre-War Draft; 5:38 Personal & Family Feelings on Service; 6:52 Marching Band Unit Ft. DuPont, Delaware; 8:29 Pearl Harbor; 9:15 Unit Activated Sent West to LA Rail Yards; 10:40 Officer Candidate School; 12:12 Orders to California/Mojave Desert Training; 13:20 Marriage; 13:30 Ft. Monroe Bell Computer Anti-Aircraft Course; 14:26 Assignment to Coast Artillery Board Assistant Training Officer; 16:30 Chesapeake Bay Target (Bell/155mm); 20:02 Ft. Crockett, Texas Artillery Shoot; 23:34 End of World War 2; 24:37 Reserves & Returning to Work for Western Electric; 25:28 Inspiration While at Rutgers University & Leaving Western Electric; 28:35 Harbor Defense Course; 29:34 GTE Employment; 31:28 Korean War Activation; 33:14 Orders to Japan; 35:28 Planning Landline Service in Okinawa; 37:31 Impressions of Japanese People; 39:42 Memory from Tokyo; 41:07 Requesting Richard Nixonâ€˜s Help in Resigning Commission; 42:51 Returning to Civilian Life & Work with GTE; 45:02 Various Positions in GTE & World HQ Position in New York City; 46:07 Keeping up with Others Who Served; 46:51 Eldest Sonâ€˜s Career; 50:54 Younger Sonâ€˜s Career; 51:36 Grandchildren; 52:14 GTE International & Iran; 55:08 London Personnel Acquisition; 58:02 Retirement in Florida; 59:09 Assessment of Military Service; 59:59 Conclusion
War or Conflict
World War II
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
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University of Central Florida Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives
UCF Community Veterans History Project
Central Florida, RICHES of, "Birch, Leo A. interview" (2014). Veterans Oral Histories. 246.