Streaming Media


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

Trenton (N.J.)



Home State

New Jersey

War or Conflict

Cold War Era



Begin/End date of Service - 1st



Entrance into Service


Branch of Service

U.S. Army

Unit of Service

HQ Company, 19th Battalion 24th Group, 2nd Army. Peacetime Service

Location of Service

Fort Bliss (Tex.)

Highest Rank

First Lieutenant; 1LT

Prisoner of War


Service Related Injury



HQ Company Commander, Assistant S3

City of Birth


Country of Birth

United States

Interview Date


Location of Interview

Community Center 500 Village Pl, Longwood, FL 3277.


Jones, Seward L.; Cold War -- 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


McNeely, Alexis

Length of Interview

24 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