Oral History interview of Lydia Wyatt. Interview conducted by Hannah Baumann at Westminster Towers, Orlando, FL.
0:07 Introduction of Veteran; 0:30 Where and when born; 0:35 What her parents did for a living; 1:08 About her family; 1:21 About her other family service members; 2:03 Her life in California; 2:36 Her childhood in the 1920s; 3:52 Thoughts about WWII prior to U.S. involvement; 4:05 Feelings when she heard news of Pearl Harbor; 5:00 When she joined the service; 5:34 On discharge from service in April; 6:00 Inspiration for joining the Navy; 6:24 Thoughts of her family and friends on her joining the Navy; 6:41 Medical training before and after joining the service; 7:40 Transition into life in the Navy; 8:20 Feelings on her experiences in the Navy; 8:35 Friends during service training; 9:00 How she stayed in contact with her family during service; 9:58 Most memorable deployment location; 10:27 How those locations were; 10:36 Routine day in the service; 11:18 Unroutine day in the service; 11:58 How scarlet fever was treated; 13:11 Other illnesses and injuries she treated; 13:52 What the other servicemen were like; 14:09 What she did during her free time; 14:54 Most memorable day; 15:20 Thoughts on hearing news of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings; 15:45 What her wedding was like; 16:49 Thoughts at the time on WWII's progress; 17:48 Reaction to the end of WWII; 18:10 Awards for service; 18:47 People she kept in touch with after leaving service; 19:16 Adjustment to civilian life after leaving the service; 20:23 Community's reception of the veteran after leaving the service; 20:37 Veteran's life and jobs after leaving the Navy; 21:27 Final statement.
Date of Birth
Place of Birth
War or Conflict
World War II
Begin/End date of Service - 1st
Entrance into Service
Branch of Service
Unit of Service
Navy Hospital Corpsman
Location of Service
Great Lakes Naval Training Center (Great Lakes, Ill.); New York; Bethesda (Md.)
Pharmacist's Mate 3rd Class Petty Officer
Prisoner of War
Service Related Injury
Worked at Camp McIntire.
Treated servicemen with Scarlet Fever. Stationed in U.S. Navy Hospital, Great Lakes, IL; Camp McIntire.
City of Birth
Country of Birth
Location of Interview
Westminster Towers, Orlando, FL.
Wyatt, Lydia; World War, 1939-1945 -- Personal Narratives; Women and the military -- United States; 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 of, "Wyatt, Lydia C. interview" (2015). Veterans Oral Histories. 400.