Streaming Media


Oral History interview of Newton Chessin. Interview conducted by Heinz, Helen at Village on the Green in Longwood, Fla.


0:00 Introduction; 0:42 Pre-Military Life/Family Background; 3:18 Education/Family‘s education/Family life during the Depression; 5:02 Pre-Military Employment; 6:00 Brother‘s wedding on December 7th 1941; 6:48 Brothers‘ Draft notices; 8:04 Entering the V-12 program/Life during this training; 9:14 Boot Camp following V-12 program; 10:14 Difference between their V-12 unit and non-V-12 units during Boot Camp; 10:45 Rifle Range training; 12:00 Officer Candidate Applicants; 15:48 Officer Candidate School/Difference between Combat Veterans‘ Instructors and Instructors without Combat experience; 17:04 Leave in Washington D.C.; 18:33 Graduation from OCS/Story about promotion before Graduation; 19:56 Decision to join Field Artillery and Field Artillery School/ Learning to Drive and Horse-riding; 23:42 Accelerated training and preparing for Japan Invasion/Hearing about Atomic Bomb and end of the war; 25:07 Assignment to replace Marine units in Japan; 26:44 Sea Sickness and Illness on the transport ship; 27:26 Arrival in Japan; 28:40 Reuniting with his brother in Guam; 30:49 Service in China/Leave throughout China; 35:45 Mission in China; 37:30 Visit from Chinese Nationalist forces; 39:30 End of his service in China/Return Trip to the United States; 40:54 Discharge from the service/Return to community/GI Bill; 42:32 Return to Service notice from the Marine Corps/ Deferment from Service; 43:57 Employment with GE; 45:08 Leaving for Florida and working with Martin; 45:56 Personal Views about dropping atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki; 47:41 Family Life and Retirement; 48:35 Assessment of his military career; 49:50 Views about Chinese civilians; 50:40 Final Thoughts; 51:23 Conclusion

Date of Birth


Place of Birth

Cleveland (Ohio)




White - Non Hispanic

Home State


War or Conflict

World War II



Begin/End date of Service - 1st



Entrance into Service


Branch of Service

U.S. Marines

Unit of Service

7th Regiment, 1st Marine Division

Highest Rank

Second Lieutenant; 2ndLt

Prisoner of War


Service Related Injury



Field artillery; Battery Executive officer.

City of Birth


Country of Birth

United States


Heinz, Helen

Interview Date


Location of Interview

Village on the Green in Longwood, Fla.


Chessin, Newton; World War, 1939-1945 -- Personal narratives; United States. Marines

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


Heinz, Helen

Length of Interview

51 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