0:00 Introduction; 1:00 Childhood; 1:30 Sibling (15 Children); 1:50 Family reaction to serving in military; 2:15 Why enlist; 2:30Basic Training/ Camp Roberts, California; 4:30 Being on a Ship from Virginia to Italy; 5:55 Scout in Company I of the 103 Regiment, 34th Division; 7:05 Combat experience; 8:30 Being captured by German ambush; 9:45 POW Camp; 10:20 Being liberated from POW Camp; 12:05 Given 90 day leave/ Reuniting with family; 13:40 Being a Corporal in Washington DC; 15:00 Discharged December 1945/ Return to college; 15:24 Most Memorable Experience/ Prisoner of War; 16:23 Reception at home; 16:40 Transition to civilian life; 17:20 Military experience impact on post-war career; 17:50 Contact with fellow soldiers after service; 19:00 Military organization involvement; 19:28 Advice for prospective soldier; 19:42 Assessment of career in military/ Luck; 20:20 Conclusion.
War or Conflict
World War II
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
Department of History, University of Central Florida
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University of Central Florida Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives
UCF Community Veterans History Project
Central Florida, RICHES of, "Nelson, Walter C. interview" (2015). Veterans Oral Histories. 382.