Oral history interview of Ima J. Black. Interview conducted by Dalton Proctor at The Mayflower, Orlando, FL.
00:40 Background; 1:30 How she joined the Navy and why; 3:15 Feelings about joining the service; 4:00 Reaction and feeling about the war; 5:55 Shipped to boot camp; 7:25 Assigned to Washington, D.C.; 10:15 Feeling about end of war in Europe; 10:30 Job after the war; 11:15 Life after the war; 12:45 Husband's career; 13:20 Time in Japan after the war; 15:00 Experience during husband's time in Korea and Vietnam; (Second Clip) 00:05 AWOL to go to Roosevelt's Funeral; 2:15 Took liberty time to go see Sinatra; 2:45 Concluding remarks
Place of Birth
White - Non Hispanic
War or Conflict
World War II,
Begin/End date of Service - 1st
Entrance into Service
Branch of Service
Unit of Service
Location of Service
Store Keeper First Class
Prisoner of War
Service Related Injury
American Campaign Medal; Victory Medal; Good Conduct Medal
See video for details.
Won 3 Ribbons.
City of Birth
Country of Birth
Location of Interview
The Mayflower, Orlando, Fla.
Black, Ima J.; World War, 1939-1945 -- Personal narratives; Vietnam War, 1961-1975 -- Personal Narratives; Women and the military -- United States; United States. Navy
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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University of Central Florida Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives
UCF Community Veterans History Project
Central Florida, RICHES of, "Black, Ima J. (Smith) interview" (2011). Veterans Oral Histories. 29.