Oral History interview of Ralph Servadio. Interview conducted by Flores, Jose at Veteran's Residence.
0:18 Birthplace; 0:32 Parents; 0:52 Childhood; 4:09 Education; 5:41 Why Join the Coast Guard; 9:15 Boot Camp; 11:35 Athletes; 14:53 Hilton Head Island; 15:49 Horse Training; 17:22 Beach Patrol; 19:34 Watch Tower; 20:55 Boxing Team; 22:05 Port Security; 23:39 Radio School Application; 27:14 Radio School; 30:20 Wife; 30:51 Radio School (Continued); 31:31 New Smyrna Beach; 35:37 Coast Guard Correspondence; 38:04 Leaving for Santiago; 42:38 Trouble Getting to Santiago; 53:51 Arriving In Santiago; 57:11 Various Duties; 59:59 Atomic Bomb; 1:01:50 Sent Back to the United States; 1:02:33 Discharged, Marriage; 1:02:58 Civilian Life; 1:04:31 Medals and Citations; 1:05:24 General Electric, Security Risk; 1:13:01 Work With NASA; 1:14:23 Closing Comments; 1:16:23 End of Interview.
Date of Birth
Place of Birth
War or Conflict
World War II
Begin/End date of Service - 1st
Entrance into Service
Branch of Service
U.S. Coast Guard
Unit of Service
Company 2; US Embassy
Location of Service
Charleston (S.C.); Atlantic City (N.J.); New Smyrna Beach (Fla.); Santiago (Chile)
Petty Officer 1st Class
Prisoner of War
Service Related Injury
Coast Guard Commendation Medal; Good Conduct Medal
Written book about Coast Guard Experiences; Intercepted and Monitored Clandestine Nazi radio transmissions; Used international Morse code; spent time working for us embassy in Chile as civilian; Top Secret mission at time - Chile was neutral at time of war, hence secrecy.
City of Birth
Country of Birth
Location of Interview
Servadio, Ralph M.; World War, 1939-1945 -- Personal Narratives; United States. Coast Guard
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, "Servadio, Ralph M. interview" (2016). Veterans Oral Histories. 503.