Oral History interview of William Coates. Interview conducted by Dull, Joshua at Veteran's Residence.
0:38 Birthplace; 0:48 Parents; 0:58 Childhood; 1:20 Why Join the Navy; 1:37 Family Reaction; 1:55 Basic Training; 2:41 Boot Camp; 2:54 Radio School; 4:04 Adjusting to Military Life; 4:51 Okinawa, Patrol Ship; 5:29 Radio Operator; 6:12 Life Aboard Ship; 7:38 Recreation; 8:06 Contacting Family; 8:48 Routine Experience; 9:09 Return to the States; 9:48 Philippine Liberation; 11:25 Coworkers; 12:21 Returning Home; 12:47 Electric Company; 13:12 Readjusting to Civilian Life; 14:11 Moving to Florida; 14:44 Wife; 16:16 Victory Over Japan Day; 16:48 Did Not Partake In Benefits; 17:39 Closing Comments; 17:56 End of Interview.
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
USS Thomason; DE203
Location of Service
Sampson (N.Y.); Nob Norfolk (Va.)
Prisoner of War
Service Related Injury
Pacific Ocean theater; American Theater (World War II); Philippines Campaign
Asiatic Pacific Theater Ribbon; Good Conduct Ribbon; American Theater Ribbon; Victory Medal; Philippine Liberation Ribbon
Operated ships radio.
Awarded Pacific Theater Ribbon with 3 stars.
City of Birth
Country of Birth
Location of Interview
Coates, William E.; 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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UCF Community Veterans History Project
Central Florida, RICHES, "Coates, William E. interview" (2016). Veterans Oral Histories. 488.