Oral History interview of George Wise. Interview conducted by Thomas Christiansen at Mr. Wise's residence, Inverness, FL.
0:01 Introduction; 0:22 Veteran's childhood; 1:38 Initial enlistment; 2:05 Motivations for enlisting; 2:40 Family's reaction to enlistment/brother's service; 3:45 Experience with basic training; 4:50 On choosing which branch to serve in; 8:17 Learning how to drive in the army; 9:35 Location of service around the country; 11:37 Getting married while in the service; 13:56 Experiences at Saipan; 16:15 Threats on Saipan; 17:06 Landscape of Saipan; 17:53 Job responsibilities / b-29 maintenance; 18:16 Rank and responsibilities; 18:49 Additional threats from the Japanese; 19:27 Keeping in touch with family and brother serving in Europe; 20:10 War in Europe/pacific ending reaction; 21:15 Losing all of his souvenirs; 23:00 Ending of service; 24:23 Closing remarks.
Date of Birth
Place of Birth
Brooklyn (New York, N.Y.)
White - Non Hispanic
War or Conflict
World War II
Begin/End date of Service - 1st
Entrance into Service
Branch of Service
Unit of Service
Location of Service
Saipan (Northern Mariana Islands); Tinian (Northern Mariana Islands); Guam
First Sergeant; First Sergeant (1SG)
Prisoner of War
Service Related Injury
See video for details.
City of Birth
Country of Birth
Location of Interview
Mr. Wise's residence, Inverness, FL.
Wise, George; World War, 1939-1945 -- Personal Narratives; United States. Army
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, "Wise, George interview" (2015). Veterans Oral Histories. 403.