Streaming Media


Oral History interview of Walter J. Sullivan. Interview conducted by Goldhar, Ruth at Village on the Green in Longwood, Fla.


0:01 Introduction, 0:54 Childhood; 1:43 Enlisting in the Navy; 2:19 Boot Camp; 2:43 Most Memorable Training Moment; 3:16 Assignment and Mission U.S.S. Castle Rock; 4:15 Personal Mission/Average Day on the Ship; 5:20 Function of a Quarter Master; 5:47 Living Area on Ship; 6:37 Downtime and Entertainment at Sea; 7:11 Communication with Home while at Sea; 7:58 Feelings about the End of World War 2; 8:50 “Battleship Row“ Pearl Harbor; 9:12 How the End of the War Changed Duties; 10:10 Most Memorable Experience on Castle Rock; 10:35 Transfer from the Castle Rock to the U.S.S. Sphinx; 11:10 LST Ships; 11:30 Differences between Castle Rock and Sphinx; 13:11 Target Fleet for Post War Atomic Test; 16:11 Animals Aboard Target Ships; 16:46 Leaving the Navy; 17:21 Most Memorable Moment in Navy Career; 17:48 Homecoming Reception; 18:31 GI Bill/Liberal Arts Degree in Chemistry; 20:41 Lessons from the Military Impact on Civilian Life; 21:26 Contact with Fellow Service Members after Discharge; 21:55 Work in the Pharmaceutical Field; 23:41 Change of Career; 26:12 Alaska; 27:48 Bell HQ International/Dealings with Iran; 33:14 Final Story; 35:22 Coordinating American Employees Return from Iran; 37:25 Conclusion

Date of Birth


Place of Birth

New York (N.Y.)




White - Non Hispanic

Home State

New York

War or Conflict

World War II



Begin/End date of Service - 1st



Entrance into Service


Branch of Service

U.S. Navy

Unit of Service

U.S.S. Castle Rock (AVP-35); U.S.S. Sphinx (ARL-24)

Location of Service

U.S.S. Castle Rock

Highest Rank

Quartermaster 3rd Class Petty Officer; QM3

Prisoner of War


Service Related Injury



American Theater Victory Medal; Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal


Was issued Special Sea Detail.

City of Birth

New York

Country of Birth

United States


Goldhar, Ruth

Interview Date


Location of Interview

Village on the Green in Longwood, Fla.


Sullivan, Walter J.; World War, 1939-1945 -- Personal narratives; Post War Atomic Test; United States. Navy

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


Goldhar, Ruth

Length of Interview

38 Minutes


Department of History, University of Central Florida


Video; MovingImage


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.


University of Central Florida Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives

Contributing Project

UCF Community Veterans History Project

Document Type