Oral History interview of William Towles. Interview conducted by King, Natalie at Community Center 500 Village Pl, Longwood, FL 3277.
0:00 Introduction; 0:35 Place of birth; 1:05 Family & Occupation; 1:32 Education prior to service; 1:53 Family opinion on entering the war; 2:20 Enlistment in US Navy; 2:50 Feelings about enlistment; 3:42 Basic training and posts; 4:12 Basic training and technical school details; 4:47 First active duty assignment; 5:25 Daily life on a ship & job details; 6:00 Job Responsibilities; 6:21 Patrol Craft Escort; 6:45 Discharge from military after war; 7:20 Feelings on leaving military; 7:56 Highest rank; 8:08 Returning to school after military; 8:45 Occupation after school; 9:08 Keeping in touch with fellow sailors; 9:50 Benefiting from naval education; 10:20 Military experience influence on life decisions.
Date of Birth
Place of Birth
New York (N.Y.)
War or Conflict
World War II
Begin/End date of Service - 1st
Entrance into Service
Branch of Service
Unit of Service
Patrol Craft Escort
Electronics Technician Petty Officer 3rd Class; ET3
Prisoner of War
Service Related Injury
See the video
City of Birth
Country of Birth
Location of Interview
Community Center 500 Village Pl, Longwood, FL 3277.
Towels, William B.; World War, 1939-1945 -- Personal narratives; United States. Navy
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, "Towels, William B. interview" (2015). Veterans Oral Histories. 355.