Streaming Media


Oral History interview of Joseph Jones. Interview conducted by Coli, Francesca at Veteran's Home in Belle Isle, FL.


0:30 Birth and Family Life; 1:28 Education Prior to Service; 2:07 Reasons for Enlisting; 2:47 Chose the Air force and Reasons Why; 3:18 Basic Training; 3:47 Stationed in Hickam Field, Hawaii; 4:34 The Morning of the Bombings at Pearl Harbor (fires first shots); 6:00 In the Midst of the Attack; 6:40 Attempting to Evade the Bombs; 8:11 Alone During the Bombings; 8:58 Receives Weapons/Counter Attack; 10:18 After the Bombings/Sent to Maui; 11:05 Patrol was Attacked (First Submarine Attack); 13:00 Mysterious Disappearance of Roommate & a Close Call; 14:52 After Hawaii, Reasons for Going Through Officers' Training; 15:45 Air Weather Service, and Meeting his Wife; 16:48 Highest Rank Achieved During the War; 18:08 Goes to California as Agent of Air Weather Service; 19:13 Typhoon Hunting; 19:50 Occupation in Okinawa as Agent of the air Weather Service; 20:40 Further Education/Earning Degree (Back in USA); 22:20 Sent to Wiesbaden, Germany (Birth of Daughter); 23:00 Working in Africa, Middle East, and Europe; 23:50 Experience as a Professor in Pennsylvania; 24:47 Final Assignment in Alabama; 25:00 Highest Rank Achieved; 25:25 Medals Earned (Battle Stars for Midway and Pearl Harbor); 27:20 Long-term effects of Pearl Harbor; 28:49 Reflections on the Air Force; 30:50 Meeting with the Japanese Air Force (Pearl Harbor Anniversary); 31:30 Current Opinion of Japan.

Date of Birth


Place of Birth

St. Louis (Mo.)




White - Non Hispanic

Home State


War or Conflict

World War II



Begin/End date of Service - 1st



Entrance into Service


Branch of Service

U.S. Air Force

Location of Service

Hickam Field (Hawaii); Pearl Harbor (Hawaii); California; Okinawa Island (Japan); Wiesbaden (Germany); Africa; Middle East; Europe; Alabama

Highest Rank

Lieutenant Colonel; LtCol


See the video.

City of Birth

St. Louis

Country of Birth

United States


Coli, Francesca

Interview Date


Location of Interview

Veteran's Home in Belle Isle, FL.


Jones, Joseph D.; World War, 1939-1945 -- Personal narratives; United States. Air Force

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


Coli, Francesca

Length of Interview

33 Minutes


Department of History, University of Central Florida




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University of Central Florida Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives

Contributing Project

UCF Community Veterans History Project

Document Type