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Description

Oral History interview of William Wharton. Interview conducted by Orth, Sue at Village on the Green-- Longwood, FL.

Log

0:35 Birth, childhood, and family life; 3:00 Education; 4:25 Family military connections; 4:50 Awareness of Korean Conflict before enlistment; 5:45 Recruiting process; 6:55 Family's reaction to enlistment; 7:20 Basic training; 8:20 Advanced training- Base Supply Tech School; 8:50 Typewriting; 10:50 Changing jobs; 11:25 Photographic and charting service; 12:15 Training films; 13:30 Becoming a Staff Sergeant; 14:45 Sampson AFB band; 15:50 Assignment to Iceland; 16:45 Flying to Iceland- cargo plane; 17:25 First impressions of Iceland; 18:05 Studying; 18:35 Working the night shift; 19:00 Communist radio program- Mike and Molly; 19:30 Keeping in contact with family while overseas; 20:18 Typical day in Iceland; 22:05 Enlisted men's club; 22:20 Walking in the wind; 23:05 Eating breakfast twice a day; 24:20 Inventory calculations; 24:45 Return to Orlando; 25:15 Icelandic food; 25:50 Friends transferring to Iceland permanently- physical inventory; 26:45 Meeting his wife; 28:03 Fellow military members; 28:45 Meeting people via unit supple; 29:23 Officers; 30:00 Free time and dating; 31:05 Keeping warm- outdoor coal stove; 32:00 Leaving the service; 33:05 Studying accounting; 33:10 Return to Chicago to visit family; 33:50 Improving academic skills; 34:20 Son joining Army.

Date of Birth

1922-09-11

Place of Birth

St. Josevec County (Ind.)

Gender

Male

Race

White - Non Hispanic

Home State

Indiana

War or Conflict

World War II

Status

Veteran

Begin/End date of Service - 1st

1943-01-05

1948-01-05

Entrance into Service

Drafted

Branch of Service

U.S. Army

Unit of Service

292nd Ordinance Company

Location of Service

New Guinea; Oro Bay (New Guinea); Philippines; Manila (Philippines)

Highest Rank

Technical Sergeant; TSgt

Prisoner of War

Unspecified

Service Related Injury

Unspecified

Battles

Battle of Leyte; New Guinea campaign; Battle of Mindoro

Medals

Good Conduct Medal; Philippine Liberation Medal

Achievements

See the video

Country of Birth

United States

Interviewer

Orth, Sue

Interview Date

8-21-2014

Location of Interview

Village on the Green-- Longwood, FL.

Subjects

Wharton, William Raymond; 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

Orth, Sue

Length of Interview

44 Minutes

Publisher

Department of History, University of Central Florida

Type

Video; MovingImage

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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