Oral History interview of Sam Whitaker. Interview conducted by Whitaker, Sam at Cocoa Beach, FL.
0:00 Introduction; 0:30 Family Life; 0:53 Education; 1:15 Entering the military; 1:35 Family reaction/influence; 2:15 Bootcamp; 3:20 Joined Observation Island with friends; 4:50 Duties aboard Observation Island; 5:45 Most memorable event; 6:20 Relationship with other soldiers; 7:00 Letters to family/wife; 7:20 Food; 7:40 Entertainment/free time; 8:12 Humorous events; 9:30 Visiting Hawaii; 9:45 Leaving the service; 10:07 Civilian life/education; 10:30 Thoughts on service; 11:00 Reading letter he wrote to wife; 15:20 Coming home; 16:15 Storekeeper story; 19:25 Reception upon homecoming; 19:50 End.
Date of Birth
Place of Birth
Bowling Green (Ky.)
White - Non Hispanic
War or Conflict
Cold War Era
Begin/End date of Service - 1st
Entrance into Service
Branch of Service
Unit of Service
USNS Observation Island
Location of Service
Cape Canaveral (Fla.)
Prisoner of War
Service Related Injury
Shopkeeper, drove truck with supplies.
City of Birth
Country of Birth
Location of Interview
Cocoa Beach, FL.
Whitaker, Sam; 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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University of Central Florida Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives
UCF Community Veterans History Project
Central Florida, RICHES, "Whitaker, Sam interview" (2016). Veterans Oral Histories. 455.