Oral History interview of Jack Williamson. Interview conducted by Bradfield, Daniel at Veteran's Retirement Community.
0:00 Introduction; 0:35 Early Life; 1:12 Parent's Occupation; 2:34 Education; 3:02 Family & Friend's Military Service; 4:10 Uncle's Military Service as a B-29 pilot/ Relationship with this Uncle; 5:41 Other two uncles' military service; 6:35 Friends' military service; 6:55 Family reaction to joining the Navy/ End of war's effect; 7:48 Boot Camp/ Reaction to San Diego; 8:55 Memorable experiences about Boot Camp; 11:15 Advanced Training/IBM Punch Card Machine training; 12:52 Service in the Navy Bureau of Personnel/ IBM Punch Card system's use; 13:39 Day to Day work with the IBM Punch Card system; 14:45 Life during this service period at the Navy Bureau of Personnel; 18:08 Reflection on Life in Washington D.C.; 18:52 Collegiate education after military service; 19:24 Thought process on not re-enlisting or joining the Reserves; 20:30 IBM Punch Card service's effect on the post-military career/ Accounting; 24:12 Transition from military service; 25:05 Remaining in contact with fellow service members; 26:24 Family Member's service/ Williamson's son reflection on Williamson's service; 27:03 Reflection on the value of the US Draft and military service; 28:14 Concerns about Women serving in the Military/ Value of service for Men; 30:00 Assessment of personal service; 30:44 How Information was recorded on the IBM Punch Card; 34:27 Reflection on personal military service/ Accounting Career; 35:24 Conclusion Statement.
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
Quarters K - Bu Pers - Arlington, VA
Location of Service
San Diego (Calif.); Arlington (Va.)
Prisoner of War
Service Related Injury
Good Conduct Medal; World War II Victory Medal
2nd Class Navy IBM Punch Card. Accounting Class.
City of Birth
Country of Birth
Location of Interview
Veteran's Retirement Community.
Williamson, Jack O.; 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, "Williamson, Jack O. interview" (2016). Veterans Oral Histories. 472.