Streaming Media

Description

Oral History interview of Walter Beam. Interview conducted by Walczak, Matthew at Veteran's Residence.

Log

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

1920-08-29

Place of Birth

Philadelphia (Pa.)

Gender

Male

Race

Unknown

Home State

Pennsylvania

War or Conflict

World War II

Status

Veteran

Begin/End date of Service - 1st

1942-08-31

1973-01-01

Entrance into Service

Commissioned

Branch of Service

U.S. Navy

Unit of Service

USS Whidbey Ag-141 (1950). USS Granville Hally AG-40 (62-64)

Location of Service

Asian-Pacific; Taiwan; Spain; Ethiopia

Highest Rank

Captain; CAPT

Prisoner of War

No

Service Related Injury

Yes

Medals

World War II Victory Medal; Good Conduct Medal

Achievements

Please see video.

City of Birth

Philadelphia

Country of Birth

United States

Interviewer

Walczak, Matthew

Interview Date

Fall 11-15-2016

Location of Interview

Veteran's Residence.

Subjects

Beam, Walter E.; World War, 1939-1945 -- Personal Narratives; United States. Navy

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

Contributors

Walczak, Matthew

Length of Interview

54 Minutes

Publisher

Department of History, University of Central Florida

Type

Video; MovingImage

Rights

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. http://library.ucf.edu/about/departments/special-collections-university-archives/

Repository

University of Central Florida Libraries, Special Collections & University Archives

Contributing Project

UCF Community Veterans History Project

Document Type

Interview

Semester

Fall


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