Oral History interview of Ski Wokosky. Interview conducted by Carpinone, Kevin at Cocoa Beach, FL.
0:00 Introduction; 0:30 Family life; 01:42 Education; 02:33 Family influence/reaction; 3:05 Bootcamp/memorable experiences; 5:15 Advanced training/ Cape Canaveral; 06:58 Duties on Observation Island; 08:56 Average day in Observation Island; 09:32 Duties with Polaris Missile Launches; 10:44 Most memorable event; 12:30 Free time; 13:26 Communication with family and friends; 14:07 Military assignments; 15:17 30-60 day schools; 16:17 Impactful training; 17:15 Left service; 19:02 Apollo Project position; 22:43 Received when coming home; 24:15 Reflection on experience; 26:11 End.
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 Observation Island; last 6 months spent in Orlando
Location of Service
Cape Canaveral (Fla.); Panama Johnston Island; Pearl Harbor (Hawaii); Philippines; Hong Kong (China)
Electrician 3rd Class Petty Officer
Prisoner of War
Service Related Injury
At Pacific Missile Range for a year
"After leaving the Navy, worked for NASA; Benedicts Launch Saturn 5 Apollo project; in the VAB building and Launce Towers - in charge of the elevators. Got job because he was in charge of the elevator on Observation Island. Was on Observation Island when JFK was on board." - The interviewer.
City of Birth
Country of Birth
Location of Interview
Cocoa Beach, FL.
Wokosky, Ski; 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, "Wokosky, Ski interview" (2016). Veterans Oral Histories. 457.