Streaming Media


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

Glendale (Ariz.)





Home State


War or Conflict

World War II



Begin/End date of Service - 1st



Entrance into Service


Branch of Service

U.S. Navy

Unit of Service

Navy Hospital Corpsman

Location of Service

Great Lakes Naval Training Center (Great Lakes, Ill.); New York; Bethesda (Md.)

Highest Rank

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

United States


Baumann, Hannah

Interview Date

Fall 10-27-2015

Location of Interview

Westminster Towers, Orlando, FL.


Wyatt, Lydia; World War, 1939-1945 -- Personal Narratives; Women and the military -- United States; United States. Navy

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


Baumann, Hannah

Length of Interview

22 Minutes


Department of History, University of Central Florida


Video; MovingImage


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.


University of Central Florida Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives

Contributing Project

UCF Community Veterans History Project

Document Type