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Oral History interview of Thelma Anderson. Interview conducted by Scoone, Jeremiah at Veteran's Residence.


0:00 Introduction; 0:37 when and where Mrs. Anderson was born; 0:54 life before the Navy; 1:34 talks about parents; 1:48 no siblings; 1:58 education; 2:09 enlists with the Navy; 2:21 family reaction to her joining the Navy; 2:35 adapted to the Navy; 2:50 where Mrs. Anderson had boot camp; 2:57 describes boot camp; 3:15 describes inspections; 3:33 average day of boot camp; 3:53 advance training; 4:08 describes advance training; 4:40 highest rank in the Navy; 4:49 talks about recruit training instructor; 6:09 talks about the difference between men and women instruction; 6:45 average day as a recruit training instructor; 7:22 elaborates on an average day of a recruit training instructor; 8:08 memorable moments as a recruit training instructor; 8:25 station as a recruit training instructor; 8:38 describes the Great Lakes; 9:15 describes Norfolk and Great Lakes; 10:27 talks about Korean War; 10:32 describes what the women will be trained to do; 10:56 talks about the Waves International; 11:23 describes the Waves International; 11:53 describes awards; 12:04 describes the conduct medal; 12:21 describes life after Navy service; 12:43 describes her benefits; 13:10 describes civilian life; 13:32 marriage in the Navy; 13:43 relatives in the service; 14:00 son in the Air Force; 14:17 talks about Navy life; 14:58 proud to serve the country; 15:35 describes memorable moments being a recruit training instructor; 16:03 elaborates taking her unit to Chicago; 16:33 Conclusion.

Date of Birth


Place of Birth

Smithville Flats (N.Y.)





Home State

New York

War or Conflict

World War II



Begin/End date of Service - 1st



Entrance into Service


Branch of Service

U.S. Navy

Unit of Service

Recruit Training instructor

Location of Service

Norfolk (Va.); Great Lakes (Ill.)

Highest Rank

Personnelman 3rd Class; PN3

Prisoner of War


Service Related Injury



Please see video.

City of Birth

Smithville Flats

Country of Birth

United States


Scoone, Jeremiah

Interview Date

Fall 11-8-2016

Location of Interview

Veteran's Residence


Anderson, Thelma; World War, 1939-1945 -- Personal Narratives; Women and the military -- United States; 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


Scoone, Jeremiah

Length of Interview

17 Minutes


Department of History, University of Central Florida


video / mp4 DVD


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 & University Archives

Contributing Project

UCF Community Veterans History Project

Document Type