Streaming Media

Description

Oral History interview of Edmund Pavlak. Interview conducted by Campbell, Tyler at Cocoa Beach, FL.

Log

0:00 Introduction; 0:29 early family life; 1:32 Occupation of parents; 2:28 Education and enlistment; 3:15 Motivation for joining the Navy; 3:48 Family's reactions to enlistment; 4:15 Basic training; 5:35 After basic training into electronics training; 7:10 Transition from electronics training to USS Observation Island; 10:57 Information on Polaris Project; 13:16 First launches of missiles; 14:14 Reflection; 15:30 Duties as a fire control Technician; 21:58 Downtime activities; 23:48 Left service and reenlistment; 26:00 Submarine life; 28:02 Life after leaving the navy; 28:50 Motivation to become social worker.

Date of Birth

1941-01-01

Place of Birth

Long Island (N.Y.)

Gender

Male

Race

White - Non Hispanic

Home State

New York

War or Conflict

Cold War Era

Status

Veteran

Begin/End date of Service - 1st

1958-01-01

1967-01-01

Entrance into Service

Enlisted

Branch of Service

U.S. Navy

Unit of Service

USS Observation Island

Location of Service

Cape Canaveral (Fla.)

Highest Rank

Fire Control Technician (Ballistic Missile Fire Control) Petty Officer 2nd Class; FTB2

Prisoner of War

No

Service Related Injury

No

Medals

Good Conduct Medal

Achievements

Please see video

Note

Worked on Observation Island during Polaris Missile testing. Won awards in unit combat.

City of Birth

Long Island

Country of Birth

United States

Interviewer

Campbell, Tyler

Interview Date

3-16-2016

Location of Interview

Cocoa Beach, FL.

Subjects

Pavlak, Edmund; Cold War -- Personal Narratives; United States. Navy

Collection Description

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

Contributors

Campbell, Tyler

Length of Interview

32 Minutes

Publisher

Department of History, University of Central Florida

Type

Video; MovingImage

Rights

All rights are held by the respective holding institution. This material is posted publicly for non-profit educational uses, excluding printed publication. For permission to reproduce and/or for copyright information contact Special Collections and University Archives, University of Central Florida Libraries, (407) 823-2576. http://library.ucf.edu/about/departments/special-collections-university-archives/

Repository

University of Central Florida Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives

Contributing Project

UCF Community Veterans History Project

Document Type

Interview

Semester

Spring


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