Oral History interview of Frank Keaser. Interview conducted by Thorpe, Alex at Leesburg, FL.
0:22 Birth place and date; 0:40 Growing Up; 1:20 Diversity in the service; 1:50 Getting together with friends from the service; 2:40 Family Occupations; 4:25 Education prior to service; 5:07 Worked at Fire Department; 6:18 Family history in the military; 7:14 Enlistment into the U.S. Navy; 8:54 Influence in joining the U.S. Navy; 10:15 St. John's River; 11:20 Heavy Gun Cruisers; 12:53 Boot Camp Experience; 16:00 Advanced Training; 17:00 U.S.S. Salem; 19:00 South Pole; 19:25 Testing and Rating System; 21:00 South Pole; 23:05 Ports on the U.S.S. Salem; 24:10 U.S.S. Makin Island; 24:50 Liberty in Boston; 27:00 Transition from Boston to Norfolk; 27:45 Experience on U.S.S. Glacier; 28:30 Routine Day on the U.S.S. Glacier; 31:20 U.S.S. Glacier in the South Pole; 33:25 Block at the Canal; 37:17 How Medals are Awarded; 37:57 Staying in contact with family from the South Pole; 38:35 Going to schools to talk about Navy experience; 40:20 Unusual events in service; 41:13 Rigging the flag in the South Pole; 43:50 Leaving the Navy; 44:02 Life after the Navy; 47:00 Retirement after being a Firefighter; 49:48 Conclusion.
Date of Birth
Place of Birth
War or Conflict
Begin/End date of Service - 1st
Entrance into Service
Branch of Service
Unit of Service
USS Salem; USS Machen; ARD; AGB4 USS Glacier
Location of Service
Suez Canal (Egypt); Antarctic Ocean | Antarctica
Signalman 1st Class
Blue Noser; Good Conduct Medal; European Campaign Medal
Climbed an icy ladder in the South Pole to place flag on ship.
Received recognition from the Korean Government. Involved in block at the Canal.
City of Birth
Country of Birth
Location of Interview
Keaser, Frank W.; Korean War, 1950-1953 -- 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
video / mp4 DVD
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Central Florida, RICHES, "Keaser, Frank W. interview" (2016). Veterans Oral Histories. 516.