Oral History interview of George Wikane. Interview conducted by Tyler Campbell at Lake County, Florida.
0:25 Birthplace and date; 0:33 Parents occupations; 0:40 Siblings; 0:50 Growing up in hometown; 1:30 Graduation and decision to join Navy; 2:00 Selecting occupation and leaving for training; 3:25 Assigned to ship and ship out to rearm; 4:40 Trains with British in Greenland; 5:00 Travels through the Mediterranean Sea, through the Suez Canal; 6:45 Stop in Sri Lanka, given Liberty; 7:18 Leaves for Korea in a task force; 7:35 Carriers send planes to assist ground forces; 8:10 Launching airplanes from a carrier; 9:00 Living conditions on the carrier and work conditions; 9:45 Dangerous situations on the carrier; 10:15 Rotating with another ship and going to port in Japan or Hong Kong; 10:50 Liberty in Hong Kong; 11:35 Liberty in Manilla, Philippines; 12:15 Rotate out of Korea, sent to San Diego to refit ship; 12:32 Take leave, returns to find ship leaving port early; 13:40 Returns to Korea, armistice signed, mission remained the same; 14:30 Transports a nuclear bomb without knowing; 16:40 Return to San Diego, discharged; 17:15 Moves back to New York, gets a job; 17:38 Meets future wife, gets married; 18:25 Retired, moved to Florida; 19:00 Family reaction to joining the service; 19:30 Learning to live on a ship; 20:05 Family background and service requirements in other countries; 20:40 Son in the Navy; 20:55 Working with veterans in the civilian world; 22:05 Pulling into harbor during election in Manilla; 23:30 Chiang Kai-shek inspects ship; 24:00 Watching pilots fly and interacting with pilot officers versus ship officers; 25:15 Free time and entertainment on the ship; 26:15 Difference between ships now and then; 27:35 Daily routine; 29:00 Marines on the ship; 31:50 Adjusting to civilian life; 33:09 Staying in contact with service members; 35:25 Advice for prospective service members; 37:30 Thank you and conclusion.
Date of Birth
Place of Birth
Brooklyn (New York, N.Y.)
War or Conflict
Begin/End date of Service - 1st
Entrance into Service
Branch of Service
Unit of Service
U.S.S. WASP CVA-18
Location of Service
Korea; San Diego (Calif.)
Aviation Boatswain's Mate Petty Officer 3rd Class
Prisoner of War
Service Related Injury
See video for details.
City of Birth
Country of Birth
Location of Interview
Lake County, Florida.
Wikane, George D.; Korean War, 1950-1953 -- 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
Department of History, University of Central Florida
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Central Florida, RICHES of, "Wikane, George D." (2015). Veterans Oral Histories. 395.