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Description

Oral History interview of Joseph Aaronson. Interview conducted by David Ross, Joshua Burns, Braden Keyes at Westminster Towers, Orlando, FL.

Log

1:40 Growing up in Darby, PA; 2:40 Firearms training; 5:44 Went P.O.E. from Seattle to Hawaii on "bobbing cork"; 7:35 Sent to John Rodgers airport in Hawaii; 8:00 Designated a "502" and put in priories, traffic, and weights and balances; 8:30 Only near-combat incident during his service period; 10:15 Sent to Johnston Island; 11:40 Helped out with plane returning from front lines carrying injured soldiers; 12:30 Describes the two leisure activities on Johnston, skeet shooting and tennis; 13:35 Arrived in Maryland March 7th, given 24-hour pass to see parents; 16:00 Explains "502" designation; 17:25 Defines term "N.C.O." and gives his own rank while in service; 18:15 Describes job as weights and balances technician; 19:43 Story about pilot that he grounded after he tried to "appropriate" more fuel; 22:30 Daily routine at Johnston Island; 23:42 On his service-related injury; 25:58 His relationship with other members of his unit; 27:23 End of service date and post-war life; 38:47 Decision to move to Florida; 40:00 Reflection on time while in service.

Date of Birth

1924-12-06

Place of Birth

Darby (Pa.)

Gender

Male

Race

White - Non Hispanic

Home State

Pennsylvania

War or Conflict

World War II

Status

Veteran

Entrance into Service

Drafted

Branch of Service

U.S. Air Force

Location of Service

Lowary Field (Denver, Colo.); New Mexico; Johnstone Island

Highest Rank

Sergeant

Prisoner of War

No

Service Related Injury

Yes

Achievements

See video for details.

Country of Birth

United States

Interviewer

Ross, David; Burns, Joshua; Keyes, Braden

Interview Date

Fall 10-27-2015

Location of Interview

Westminster Towers, Orlando, FL.

Subjects

Aaronson, Joseph S.; World War, 1939-1945 -- Personal Narratives; United States. Air Force

Collection Description

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

Contributors

Ross, David; Burns, Joshua; Keyes, Braden

Length of Interview

42 Minutes

Publisher

Department of History, University of Central Florida

Type

MovingImage, Video, Sound, Audio

Rights

All rights are held by the respective holding institution. This material is posted publicly for non-profit educational uses, excluding printed publication. For permission to reproduce and/or for copyright information contact Special Collections and University Archives, University of Central Florida Libraries, (407) 823-2576. http://library.ucf.edu/about/departments/special-collections-university-archives/

Repository

University of Central Florida Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives

Contributing Project

UCF Community Veterans History Project

Document Type

Interview

Semester

Fall


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