Oral History interview of William Bishop. Interview conducted by Grande, John at Veteran's Residence.
0:25 Birthplace / Parents / siblings; 01:43 Education / G.I. Bill; 2:04 Enlisted in Army Air Corp / stricter qualifications; 2:28 Training as radio operator & gunner / never left the states; 2:48 Basic training in Mississippi / experience in boot camp; 4:02 Went to Auburn University after military service; 4:33 After basic training sent to college; 5:10 Stationed all over the United States / gunnery & radio school; 6:29 War over and discharged in 1946; 7:22 Stayed in contact with family easily / stayed with them while in the states; 7:45 How he met his wife / family; 9:24 Moved around while in the service / reactions to being in the Army; 10:40 Talks about his children / family activities / his hobbies; 12:03 Took 25 years to find wildflowers; 12:22 Discharged from the Army; 12:40 Studied mechanical engineering at Auburn / met wife there; 13:30 Medals awarded; 13:57 Kept in touched with anyone from Army Air Corp; 14:11 Would he do anything differently looking back at his service?; 14:54 Working with DuPont Company / Church; 15:17 After graduating college / working research in North Carolina; 16:59 Retirement / building house with wife / their hobbies; 18:58 Why he came to Florida; 21:29 Family; 22:09 Ending the interview.
Date of Birth
Place of Birth
White - Non Hispanic
War or Conflict
World War II
Entrance into Service
Branch of Service
Unit of Service
Gunnery and Radio School
Location of Service
Prisoner of War
Service Related Injury
Gunner and radio operations; went to school on G.I. Bill, married after graduation in 1949; Met wife in college at Auburn.
City of Birth
Country of Birth
Location of Interview
Bishop, William S.; World War, 1939-1945 -- 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, "Bishop, William S. interview" (2016). Veterans Oral Histories. 525.