Streaming Media

Description

Oral history interview of Mary Louise Ingrassia. Interview conducted by Meredith Warner at UCF Library Study Room.

Log

00:40 Born/growing up; 1:59 School for court reporting on the G.I. Bill; 3:08 Influences for joining Army and stigma for women; 5:30 Testing for the army and sign-up; 7:30 Recruiting/the scheme; 8:20 Basic training in the WAC, last graduating class, Feb. 1976; 13:45 WAC versus men's B.T., wanted us to be women; 15:40 Advanced individual training for being company clerk at Fort Benjamin Harris, Indiana; 18:04 Permanent duty station at Aberdeen Proving Grounds in Aberdeen, Maryland; 21:40 Official complaint filed and reporting to Maryland; 22:45 Responsibilities in Maryland; 24:10 Commendment from Commanding Officer and promotion to Private First Class; 25:25 How complaint affected her; 29:30 Treated like a sister; 32:00 Deciding to leave the Army; 35:00 Friendships formed while in Maryland; 36:40 Visiting family on weekends; 39:30 Activities during time off; 41:00 Effects the Army had/proposal for marriage; 44:30 Transition from soldier to civilian; 46:50 Coming to Florida; 48:45 Children in the Armed Forces; 50:40 Feelings about son in military; 51:50 Regret leaving and current activities with veteran groups

Date of Birth

1957-03-01

Place of Birth

New York (N.Y.)

Gender

Female

Race

White - Non Hispanic

Home State

New York

War or Conflict

Cold War Era

Status

Veteran

Begin/End date of Service - 1st

1976-02-10

1976-12-02

Entrance into Service

Enlisted

Branch of Service

U.S. Army

Location of Service

Aberdeen (Md.); Fort Benjamin Harris (Ind.)

Highest Rank

Private First Class; PFC

Prisoner of War

No

Service Related Injury

No

Achievements

Performance Citation

City of Birth

New York

Country of Birth

United States

Interviewer

Warner, Meredith

Interview Date

3-10-2011

Location of Interview

UCF Library Study Room.

Subjects

Ingrassia, Mary L.; United States. Army; WAC (Women's Army Corps); Women and the military -- United States

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

Warner, Meredith

Length of Interview

60 Minutes

Publisher

Department of History, University of Central Florida

Type

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


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