Oral History interview of Louis Zeller. Interview conducted by Thorp, Alex at Winter Park, Florida.
0:00 Introduction; 0:40 Radio Operator for Navy; 1:54 Growing up in Baltimore; 3:40 Hearing about Pearl Harbor/ Response to it; 6:22 Bootcamp in Virginia; 7:50 Parents came to visit at Boot-camp on Birthday; 8:39 Advanced Training in Boston to operate Radio; 10:40 Assigned in Brazil; 12:29 Being assigned to the Ticonderoga; 13:40 Briefly being in Hawaii/ Hula show on Carrier; 14:21 Ticonderoga moves into Japan; 16:34 Kamikaze attack/ loss of communication; 18:24 Being sent home to go to Navy school as a reward; 20:13 Working for Martin Marietta Corporation after the war; 25:00 Keeping contact with people he served with; 25:45 Advice for people who are contemplating joining the service; 30:00 Final thoughts/ Conclusion.
Date of Birth
Place of Birth
White - Non Hispanic
War or Conflict
World War II
Begin/End date of Service - 1st
Entrance into Service
Branch of Service
Unit of Service
Location of Service
South Pacific Ocean
Radio Technician 1st Class
Prisoner of War
Service Related Injury
Philippines Campaign; South China Sea Combat
See video for details.
City of Birth
Country of Birth
Location of Interview
Winter Park, Florida.
Zeller, Louis John; World War, 1939-1945 -- 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, "Zeller, Louis J. interview" (2016). Veterans Oral Histories. 471.