Oral History interview of Thomas Savino. Interview conducted by Thorp, Alex at Winter Park, Florida.
0:30 Birthplace and date; 0:40 Growing up in Brooklyn; 1:20 Enlisting; 2:05 Basic Training and advanced training; 3:35 Assignment in Germany; 6:25 Transportation duties in occupied Germany; 8:50 Transporting a nuclear weapon by rail in Germany; 10:35 Moving troops back to the states; 11:45 Aspects of Basic Training; 15:35 Transportation training at Ft. Eustis; 18:20 Segregation in the Army; 19:50 Germany during his service and the occupation zones; 25:30 Concentration camps; 26:45 Activities when off duty; 27:30 Interactions with the German people; 27:56 Relationships with fellow soldiers; 31:25 Receiving letters and packages from home; 33:00 Quality of Army issued equipment and clothes; 34:15 Payment in military script; 36:20 Processing out of military; 37:20 Attempts to retain by the military; 37:50 Medals and awards; 39:50 Honor Guard and tradition; 42:45 Returning home; 43:45 Possible activation for Lebanon; 44:45 Community reaction to service; 46:25 Working with AT&T; 47:45 Benefits of military experience in the workplace; 51:15 Telephone consulting for Monaco; 55:25 Veterans groups; 55:55 Advice for prospective military members; 59:10 Conclusion.
Date of Birth
Place of Birth
Brooklyn (New York, N.Y.)
War or Conflict
Begin/End date of Service - 1st
Entrance into Service
Branch of Service
Unit of Service
HQ & HQ Europe Occupation Germany - Transportation Corp.
Location of Service
Germany; Fort Dix (N.J.); Fort Eustis (Va.)
Prisoner of War
Service Related Injury
See video for details.
City of Birth
Country of Birth
Location of Interview
Winter Park, Florida.
Savino, Thomas; Korean War, 1950-1953 -- Personal Narratives; United States. Army
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, "Savino, Thomas interview" (2016). Veterans Oral Histories. 474.