Oral History interview of John Collins. Interview conducted by Goldstein, Stanley at Village on the Green in Longwood, Fla.
0:00 Introduction; 0:44 Pre-Military Life; 2:32 Boot Camp/Training; 4:40 Travel to European Theatre; 5:56 Normandy Landing; 7:12 Communications with home; 7:57 Battle of Charmes; 9:42 End of the war/Capturing Germans soldiers; 12:30 Returning home; 13:53 Quartering with civilians during the Battle of the Bulge; 17:41 Equipment during the war/Causalities within his unit; 18:46 Service as an aerial observer; 19:48 Returning home/Life following the war; 22:06 Remaining in contact with comrades in service; 23:06 Review of his service; 24:09 Employment following college; 24:26 Service in the Artillery.
Date of Birth
Place of Birth
Mount Savage (Md.)
White - Hispanic
War or Conflict
World War II
Begin/End date of Service - 1st
Entrance into Service
Branch of Service
Unit of Service
772nd Field Artillery Battalion
Location of Service
Technician Fourth Grade; TEC4
Prisoner of War
Service Related Injury
Saverne Gap; Battle of Nuremberg; Battle for Munich (1945)
Bronze Star Medal; Good Conduct Medal; European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Ribbon; American Theater Service Ribbon; World War II Victory Ribbon
Assigned duty as area observer due to shortage of 2nd Lieutenant.
City of Birth
Country of Birth
Location of Interview
Village on the Green in Longwood, Fla.
Collins, John F.; World War, 1939-1945 -- Personal Narratives; United States. Army
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, "Collins, John F. interview" (2014). Veterans Oral Histories. 276.