Oral History interview of Walter Beam. Interview conducted by Walczak, Matthew at Veteran's Residence.
0:01 Introduction; 1:01 Life Before Military Service; 1:45 Attended Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science; 3:09 Working With a Manufacturing Company; 4:02 Attends Penn State University; 4:45 Attack on Pearl Harbor; 5:50 Head of New Chemistry Lab; 8:10 Army Draft; 10:08 Father Served in World War I; 11:26 Joins Navy; 12:46 Hospital Corp; 14:45 Naval Medical School in Bethesda, Maryland; 16:35 Epidemiology Team Assignment in Rhode Island; 17:57 Transferred to Epidemiology Unit at Pearl Harbor; 19:20 Witnessed A-Bomb Test in Bikini; 21:57 Assigned to Naval Medical Research Lab at Bethesda, Maryland; 22:40 Education in Navy/Rising in Rank; 24:07 Technical Director of Project SHAD; 25:53 USS Grandville Hall; 28:14 Returns to Naval Medical School; 30:15 Medical Movies; 30:50 Developed Fluorescent Antibody Absorbed Test for Syphilis; 33:10 Assignment in Ethiopia; 34:20 Training in Serological Tests for Viruses; 36:00 Duty in Ethiopia; 38:20 Close of Military Career; 39:37 Duty in Taipei, Taiwan; 44:46 Medical Contributions; 49:25 Awards; 50:41 Retirement; 53:48 Conclusion.
Date of Birth
Place of Birth
War or Conflict
World War II
Begin/End date of Service - 1st
Entrance into Service
Branch of Service
Unit of Service
USS Whidbey Ag-141 (1950). USS Granville Hally AG-40 (62-64)
Location of Service
Asian-Pacific; Taiwan; Spain; Ethiopia
Prisoner of War
Service Related Injury
World War II Victory Medal; Good Conduct Medal
Please see video.
City of Birth
Country of Birth
Location of Interview
Beam, Walter 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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Central Florida, RICHES, "Beam, Walter E. interview" (2016). Veterans Oral Histories. 526.