Oral History interview of Frederick Bahr. Interview conducted by Justin Kessler at University of Central Florida Colbourn Hall.
0:34 Birthplace and date; 0:43 Parents occupation; 1:08 Family size; 1:14 Educational background; 1:33 Family history relating to military background; 2:56 Enlisted or drafted; 03:10 Motivation to enlist; 03:51 Family reaction to enlistment; 04:08 First days of service; 05:31 Any advanced training; 06:12 Where stationed first time; 06:55 Any prior knowledge of history of Essex; 08:00 Life on the ship; 10:01 Daily job on ship; 11:11 Feelings about red scare; 13:30 Did you see any combat; 17:21 Describe what you did during Marine landings in Lebanon; 18:38 Describe what you did during Taiwan Strait Crisis; 21:25 Most memorable day in service; 24:28 Describe an angle flight deck; 26:40 How did people entertain themselves on ship; 28:08 What did you do on liberty; 29:34 When did your service end; 31:42 Earn any medals; 32:24 How were they earned; 33:24 Did you return to school after service; 34:31 Occupation after service; 36:28 Did you keep in contact with any servicemen; 39:83 Anything else you want to discuss; 46:44 Thank you and closing.
Date of Birth
Place of Birth
New York (N.Y.)
White - Non Hispanic
War or Conflict
Cold War Era
Begin/End date of Service - 1st
Entrance into Service
Branch of Service
Unit of Service
E-Division, USS ESSEX CVA-9
Location of Service
Great Lakes Naval Training Center (Ill.); San Diego (Calif.); Mayport (Fla.)
Electrician's Mate Petty Officer 2nd Class EM2
Prisoner of War
Service Related Injury
Lebanon (1958); Second Taiwan Strait Crisis
Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal; Navy Good Conduct Medal
Served on Pacific Fleet and Mediterranean Fleet.
Awarded Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal with 1 Bronze Star. On July 15, 1958, supported Marine Landings in Lebanon.
City of Birth
Country of Birth
Location of Interview
University of Central Florida Colbourn Hall.
Bahr, Frederick A.; Cold War -- Personal Narratives; 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, "Bahr, Frederick A. interview" (2015). Veterans Oral Histories. 413.