Oral History interview of Alexander Cardarelli. Interview conducted by at University of Central Florida Library in Orlando, FL.
00:05 Introduction; 00:45 Life growing up; 01:01 Family life; 01:25 Religious life; 01:54 Description of education pre-military; 02:34 Enlistment in the United States Navy; 03:00 Age joining Navy; 03:13 Description of training during WWII; 04:11 Description of being overseas; 05:10 Leisure time descriptions; 05:20 Time spent off of Okinawa; 05:40 Description of Kamikaze attacks; 06:15 Leisure time offshore Okinawa; 06:50 End of WWII; 07:25 Travel around Okinawa and Iwo Jima; 08:00 Time between WWII and Korea; 08:15 More education between wars; 08:28 Process of joining Air Force; 09:00 Difference in service between branches; 09:23 Difference between enlisted service and commissioned service; 09:55 Air Force training; 10:50 Feelings on Korean War; 11:23 Working for blood program; 11:59 Becoming a LTC; 12:30 Number of men who served under him; 13:00 Feelings toward men; 13:10 Typical day in blood program; 13:40 Decisions responsible for making; 14:00 Military retirement; 14:40 Civilian life; 15:30 Effects of military life; 16:07 Recommendation of military life.
Date of Birth
Place of Birth
White - Non Hispanic
War or Conflict
World War II; Korean Conflict
Begin/End date of Service - 1st
Begin/End date of Service - 2nd
Entrance into Service
Branch of Service
U.S. Air Force
Unit of Service
USS LST 904; DoD Military Blood Program Agency
Location of Service
Pacific Area; Washington (D.C.)
Radioman Petty Officer 3rd Class; RM3; Lieutenant Colonel; LtCol
Prisoner of War
Service Related Injury
Battle of Okinawa
Asiatic-Pacific Theater Ribbon; Air Force Commendation Medal; Meritorious Service Medal
Radio operator; Directed the military blood program during the Vietnam era.
Following WWII, served in the USAF during Korea and Vietnam. Was a Master Instructor in the USAF Medical Service School for four years.
City of Birth
Country of Birth
Location of Interview
University of Central Florida Library in Orlando, FL
Cardarelli, Alexander; World War, 1939-1945 -- Personal narratives; Korean Conflict -- Personal narratives; United States. Navy; United States. Air Force
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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Central Florida, RICHES of, "Cardarelli, Alexander interview" (2015). Veterans Oral Histories. 329.