0:38 Early childhood; 2:03 Entering into the service; 3:03 Reaction to receiving draft notice; 3:35 Familyâ€˜s reaction to being drafted; 4:02 Basic training experience; 5:01 Becoming an AAA Gunner; 5:45 Individual role in unit; 6:34 Equipment he used; 7:14 Shipping out to Europe; 8:22 Arriving in England and France; 8:46 First impressions of Europe during the war; 9:13 Interacting with European civilians and troops; 10:05 Typical day in Europe during the war; 10:41 Non-typical day in Europe; 11:20 Leave and down-time; 12:25 Communicating home; 12:57 First experience with combat/mass shooting of medical personnel; 14:58 Physical environment during the Battle of the Bulge; 16:13 Describes V-1s and Buzz-Bombs; 17:15 Experience in Battle of the Bulge; 20:41 Finding out the war was over; 21:53 Role in occupation; 22:47 Using the Autobahn as an airstrip; 23:29 Decision to re-enlist; 24:38 Coming home and being received in the community; 25:29 How his duties changed after the war; 25:58 Where he was stationed after the war; 27:56 Experience in Japan during the Korean War; 28:43 Typical day in Japan; 29:14 Types of supplies he was shipping to Korea; 29:37 Interacting with the Japanese; 31:30 Activities after the Korean War while in California; 33:58 Deciding to leave the service; 35:00 What he did after leaving the service and phone call interruption; 36:56 Experience in the Philippines; 37:26 Returning to France for the first time after World War II; 39:06 Working at a space center after retiring during the Apollo Era; 40:15 Remaining in contact with people after retirement; 40:35 Returning to civilian life after leaving the service; 41:24 Applying military training to civilian life and ending
Place of Birth
White - Non 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, "Hauptkorn, Edward J. interview" (2014). Veterans Oral Histories. 291.