Oral History interview of Bill Whitney. Interview conducted by Webb, Josh at Cocoa Beach, FL.
0:05 Introduction; 0:25 Birth and growing up; 02:30 Family in the military; 03:26 Education before joining the military; 05:02 Family's reaction to joining the military; 05:18 Boot Camp; 05:52 Advanced Training; 07:11 Communication with Family; 07:28 Chicago vs. Boston growing up; 08:44 First assignment on the USS Guyat; 10:08 Comparison of ships; 10:28 Acclimation to living on the ship; 10:53 Typical day on the USS Guyat; 12:41 Communication with Family (continued); 14:08 Period of time on the USS Guyat; 14:24 Nuclear Power School; 15:00 Memorable moments at Nuclear Power School; 17:11 Leaving Nuclear Power School; 17:45 Coming to the USS Observation Island; 19:00 First impression of the USS Observation Island; 20:15 Duties and memorable experiences on the USS Observation Island; 23:28 Average day on the USS Observation Island; 27:20 Duties and memorable experiences on the USS Observation Island (cont.); 29:28 Electronics Technician School; 31:10 Becoming a Warrant Officer; 36:15 Naval Air Station Adak Alaska; 37:35 USS Eisenhower; 40:15 Naval Air Station Adak Alaska (2nd time); 42:08 USS Coffman; 45:16 Beirut; 48:24 Job after retiring from the Navy; 50:33 Reflection of time in the Service; 51:54 Advice to someone joining the service today; 54:10 Miscellaneous topics and life advice; 55:22 Conclusion.
Date of Birth
Place of Birth
White - Non Hispanic
War or Conflict
Cold War Era
Begin/End date of Service - 1st
Entrance into Service
Branch of Service
Unit of Service
USS Gyatt; USS Observation Island; Naval Air Station ADAK; USS Eisenhower; Naval Air Station ADAK; Naval Training Center Great Lakes (instructor Duty); Foothill College (between commission); USS Coffman
Location of Service
Norfolk (Va.); Florida; Hawaii; California; Chicago (Ill.); Alaska; Mediterranean Sea; Maine
Chief Warrant Officer 4; CWO4
Prisoner of War
Service Related Injury
Being in Beirut when they bombed the barracks; Instructor Duty; Being in Alaska
Originally enlisted then commissioned.
City of Birth
Country of Birth
Location of Interview
Cocoa Beach, FL
Whitney, Bill; 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, "Whitney, Bill interview" (2016). Veterans Oral Histories. 438.