Oral History interview of Edmund Pavlak. Interview conducted by Campbell, Tyler at Cocoa Beach, FL.
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
Place of Birth
Long Island (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
USS Observation Island
Location of Service
Cape Canaveral (Fla.)
Fire Control Technician (Ballistic Missile Fire Control) Petty Officer 2nd Class; FTB2
Prisoner of War
Service Related Injury
Good Conduct Medal
Please see video
Worked on Observation Island during Polaris Missile testing. Won awards in unit combat.
City of Birth
Country of Birth
Location of Interview
Cocoa Beach, FL.
Pavlak, Edmund; 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, "Pavlak, Edmund interview" (2016). Veterans Oral Histories. 460.