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.
Place of Birth
Mount Savage (Md.)
White - Hispanic
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, "Collins, John F. interview" (2014). Veterans Oral Histories. 276.