Oral History interview of Scott Pursell. Interview conducted by Cannon, Joan at Village on the Green, Longwood, FL.
0:00 Introduction; 0:34 Childhood/ Parents careers; 12:20 Going to college; 14:00 Joining the Navy; 16:25 Boot camp in Maryland; 19:48 Airman Prep school in Oklahoma; 22:45 ATA School in Memphis; 25:20 Being assigned to Patrol Squadron 18; 26:16 Sent to radio school; 28:00 Flying as second radioman; 30:38 Duties on the plane; 34:10 Deployment to Sicily; 36:10 Extending enlistment one year; 39:15 Promotions to E – 5; 41:15 End of enlistment; 42:08 Memorable experiences; 50:00 Getting lost in the Mediterranean; 53:30 Training exercise in Jacksonville; 58:45 Career after military; 1:02:31 Took job In New Hampshire; 1:03:27 Meeting wife and getting married; 1:04:40 Getting job with CBS Industries; 1:11:20 Contracting with the Navy; 1:11:50 Impact of Navy on career; 1:14:15 Contact with fellow solders after service; 1:19:34 Final thoughts/Working with people.
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
Patrol Squadron 18
Location of Service
Maryland; Oklahoma; Memphis (Tenn.); Sicily (Italy); Mediterranean Region; Jacksonville (Fla.)
Petty Officer 2nd Class; PO2
Prisoner of War
Service Related Injury
Good Conduct Medal
Radio Operator and ASW (Anti-Submarine Warfare) Technician as part of P2V-7 (Neptune) Flight Crew.
"After Discharge from USN: Attended University of Miami, Graduated B of S (Major: Mathematics). 23-Year career with CBS Engineering (19 years in Stamford, CT; 4 years at West 57th St. NYC). My last 16 years contracted to USAF at Eglin AFB (Air Force Base) as Computer Scientist (1999 to 2015). Some of my most memorable Navy highlights: 1) A Navigator who did what I thought was impossible in an airplane: got us lost in the Mediterranean. 2) A Pilot and Navigator 'team' who released a depth charge from the Bomb Bay without opening the Bomb Bay doors." - The Veteran.
City of Birth
Country of Birth
Location of Interview
Village on the Green, Longwood, FL.
Pursell, Scott G.; Cold War -- 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, "Pursell, Scott G. interview" (2015). Veterans Oral Histories. 383.