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Description

Oral History interview of Frank DuRant. Interview conducted by Negy, Kenneth Alarcon at Seminole County Public Library in Longwood, Fla.

Log

0:48 Born and raised in Florida; 1:43 Enlisted with best friend; 2:15 Knowledge of the Axis powers before attack on Pearl Harbor; 5:10 Basic training; 6:50 Aviation training; 7:35 Decision to go into photo reconnaissance; 8:40 Photo reconnaissance training; 10:22 Movement after training; 11:05 Life in Manila and Okinawa; 14:27 First recon mission; 16:55 Description of photo recon planes; 20:17 First pictures of aftermath of atomic bomb; 20:55 Why we fight; 21:43 Experiences immediately after the war; 24:15 Perceptions of Japanese; 25:58 Thoughts on atomic bombs; 26:53 Returning to the USA; 30:01 Final thoughts

Date of Birth

1923-11

Place of Birth

Coconut Grove (Fla.)

Gender

Male

Race

White - Non Hispanic

Home State

Florida

War or Conflict

World War II

Status

Veteran

Begin/End date of Service - 1st

1943-06-30

1946-10-01

Entrance into Service

Commissioned

Branch of Service

U.S. Army

Unit of Service

25th Photo Reconnaissance Squadron; 8th Photo Reconnaissance Squadron

Highest Rank

Major; MAJ

Prisoner of War

Unspecified

Service Related Injury

Unspecified

Achievements

Photographed aftermath of Atomic bomb.

City of Birth

Coconut Grove

Country of Birth

United States

Interviewer

Negy, Kenneth Alarcon

Interview Date

4-16-2013

Location of Interview

Seminole County Public Library in Longwood, Fla.

Subjects

DuRant, Frank H.; World War, 1939-1945 -- Personal narratives; United States. Army

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

Contributors

Negy, Kenneth Alarcon

Length of Interview

31 Minutes

Publisher

Department of History, University of Central Florida

Type

MovingImage; Video

Rights

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. http://library.ucf.edu/about/departments/special-collections-university-archives/

Repository

University of Central Florida Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives

Contributing Project

UCF Community Veterans History Project

Document Type

Interview


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