Streaming Media


Oral History interview of Charles Kitching. Interview conducted by Anglin, Alexander at Mr. Kitching's Home in New Smryna Beach, FL.


0:05 First days of service; 0:27 Camp Blanding, Florida; 0:34 Basic Training; 0:50 How basic training was remembered; 1:13 Locations stationed overseas; 1:29 Previous international travel experience; 1:36 Expectations of being sent overseas; 1:51 Arriving in France; 2:06 Job while in military - Scout in Infantry squad; 2:25 Daily routine while in service; 2:50 Most memorable moment - Crossing Rhine River; 3:15 Medals awarded during service; 3:55 How contact at home was maintained; 4:28 Entertainment while on the front; 4:55 When military service ended; 5:10 Locations for second enlistment; 6:08 What he did upon returning home for the second time; 6:25 How each return visit was compared to the others; 6:52 What he did academically upon returning home; 7:34 Maintain contact with fellow soldiers; 7:44 occupation after military service ended; 7:59 Military experience and how it influenced his opinion on military; 8:40 Overseas experience and how it affected his life; 9:20 Additional information; 10:20 Honor Air Program; 11:50 Birth place and date; 12:25 Family size; 12:35 Parents occupations; 12:55 Means to joining military; 13:15 Age when enlisting; 13:20 Division served in - 89th Infantry; 13:52 How World War I Veteran advised him regarding World War II; 14:25 Growing up during the Great Depression; 15:40 French Legion of Honor award ceremony; 17:40 Dropping atomic bombs on Japan saved him from being sent to Japan; 18:30 Friends from service, their occupation.

Date of Birth


Place of Birth

Sandford (Me.)




White - Non Hispanic

Home State


War or Conflict

World War II



Begin/End date of Service - 1st



Branch of Service

U.S. Army

Unit of Service

354 Information Regulation 89th Division

Location of Service

Camp Blanding (Fla.); France

Highest Rank

Staff Sergeant; SSG

Prisoner of War


Service Related Injury



Combat Infantryman; Badge Bronze Star Medal


See the video.

City of Birth


Country of Birth

United States


Anglin, Alexander

Interview Date


Location of Interview

Mr. Kitching's Home in New Smryna Beach, FL.


Kitching, Charles J.; 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


Anglin, Alexander

Length of Interview

25 Minutes


Department of History, University of Central Florida


MovingImage; Video


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