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Oral history interview of Eli Kimmerly. Interview conducted by John Mockridge at veteran's home, Winter Park, Florida.


[Vid Part 1] 1:30 Why Eli joined Navy; 2:30 How Eli became an officer; 3:30 Pearl Harbor; 5:55 What was it like during the war (fears/what job was); 9:30 What Eli thought of the war before U.S. involvement; [Vid Part 2] 2:34 Fears that Eli had; 3:30 What Eli thought about Japanese people; 4:59 What was Eli's opinion of Hitler; 10:57 Dropping of atomic bomb on Japan; 11:15 Working at atomic energy plant after war; 14:27 What was the opinion of Japanese internment; [NO MINUTE MARK] Camps by those in the Navy; 16:29 Dropping of atomic bomb; 17:32 Should WWII have happened; 18:40 Walking in Japan after bomb was dropped; 26:18 Finding a dead Japanese man in a cave; 28:50 Returning dog tags he took to Japanese family; 30:42 Joining the Navy and how he fainted giving blood; 36:41 Having a family during the war; [Vid Part 3] 3:30 Firing his weapon at Japanese; 4:57 Walking in Pearl Harbor after attack; 7:34 Surrender of Japan; 9:41 Returning home after the war; 13:35 How fear was dealt with during war; 15:38 End

Date of Birth


Place of Birth




War or Conflict

World War II



Entrance into Service


Branch of Service

U.S. Navy

Prisoner of War


Service Related Injury



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Mockridge, John

Interview Date


Location of Interview

Veteran's home, Winter Park, Florida.


Kimmerly, Eli; United States. Navy; World War II; Pearl Harbor; Japan; Atomic bomb; Japanese internment camps

Collection Description

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

62 minutes


Department of History, University of Central Florida


Audio; Sound


All rights are held by the respective holding institution. This material is posted publicly for non-profit educational uses, excluding printed publication. For permission to reproduce and/or for copyright information contact Special Collections and University Archives, University of Central Florida Libraries, (407) 823-2576.


University of Central Florida Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives

Contributing Project

UCF Community Veterans History Project

Document Type