Oral History interview of Gordon Talbot. Interview conducted by Joshua Webb at Lady Lake Library, Lake County, FL.
0:00 Introduction; 0:29 Birth date and Location; 0:39 Growing up; 1:27 Siblings; 2:19 Parent's occupation; 3:00 Education before the military; 3:36 Playing baseball; 6:09 Family in the military; 7:49 Reaction to learning about the start of the war; 10:38 Working and playing semi-pro baseball after high school; 11:25 Family and friends reaction to joining the military; 12:38 Initial entrance and training for the military; 14:49 Airborne training; 18:50 Memorable experience from training; 21:03 Option to reup; 23:45 Jumping from the plane; 24:21 Going to Korea; 26:32 Japan; 27:17 Communicating with loved ones while overseas; 29:35 Free time/Duties in Korea; 32:01 Driving for the Public Information Office; 40:10 Interactions with other soldiers; 43:15 Baseball in Korea; 46:43 Interactions with the Koreans; 51:12 End of service; 54:41 Going back to the US from Korea; 56:12 Reception by community upon returning from Korea; 56:31 Medals and Commendations; 57:45 Transition to Civilian life; 58:08 Important lessons from the military; 1:00:12 Civilian employment; 1:02:54 Working in the Villages; 1:03:02 Reason for moving to Florida from New York; 1:04:52 Veterans groups; 1:05:23 Advice for someone thinking of joining the military; 1:06:30 Conclusion.
Date of Birth
Place of Birth
War or Conflict
Begin/End date of Service - 1st
Entrance into Service
Branch of Service
Unit of Service
24th Infantry Division, 19th Regiment HQ Co 24th Div. HQ
Location of Service
Specialist 3rd Class
Prisoner of War
Service Related Injury
Korean Ambassador for Peace Medal; Good Conduct Medal
8th Army Honor Guard, Guarded the Generals; Drove at 24th Army Headquarters for a Major.
Played baseball in Korea, was semi-pro baseball player in US prior to service.
City of Birth
Country of Birth
Location of Interview
Lady Lake Library, Lake County, FL.
Talbot, Gordon; Korean War, 1950-1953 -- 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, "Talbolt, Gordon interview" (2015). Veterans Oral Histories. 389.