Oral History interview of Seward Jones. Interview conducted by McNeely, Alexis at Community Center 500 Village Pl, Longwood, FL 3277.
0:00 Introduction; 0:36 Childhood; 2:20 Recalling Pearl Harbor; 2:45 Wartime Rationing; 3:09 Korean War Fears; 3:40 Reason for Joining ROTC and Military; 4:18 Field of study in College; 5:00 Training at Fort Bliss, Texas Transition; 5:15 from ROTC into the Army, Recalling; 5:47 First days in the military Keeping in; 6:13 Contact with family and wife Daily; 6:45 Duties as an officer; 8:00 Promotion to First Lieutenant; 8:57 Friendship and Bonds during Service; 9:29 Free time in the military; 10:20 Roles performed while not on duty; 11:04 Types of training at Fort Bliss; 11:20 Food at Fort Bliss; 11:50 Thoughts on army prior to being a member; 12:20 Why he joined the ROTC; 12:50 Feelings toward the Cold War; 13:40 War Time Movies; 14:12 What Mr. Jones aspired to do; 14:30 Westing House employment; 15:00 Skills he gained in the military; 15:29 JFK assassination; 16:15 Westing House moves headquarters to Florida; 16:38 Vietnam War; 16:57 Most memorable experience in military; 17:25 Message for future generations about his military service; 18:33 Being placed on alert and false alarms on duty; 19:20 Involvement in veterans organization and Army reserves; 19:55 How he felt being released from reserves; 20:14 Photos of time in military; 21:18 "Peace Time Warrior" and how Mr. Jones saw his time in the service; 22:04 Westing House retiree association.
Date of Birth
Place of Birth
War or Conflict
Cold War Era
Begin/End date of Service - 1st
Entrance into Service
Branch of Service
Unit of Service
HQ Company, 19th Battalion 24th Group, 2nd Army. Peacetime Service
Location of Service
Fort Bliss (Tex.)
First Lieutenant; 1LT
Prisoner of War
Service Related Injury
HQ Company Commander, Assistant S3
City of Birth
Country of Birth
Location of Interview
Community Center 500 Village Pl, Longwood, FL 3277.
Jones, Seward L.; Cold War -- Personal Narratives; United States. Army
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, "Jones, Seward L. interview" (2015). Veterans Oral Histories. 354.