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.)
War or Conflict
World War II
Begin/End date of Service - 1st
Entrance into Service
Branch of Service
Unit of Service
Recruit Training instructor
Location of Service
Norfolk (Va.); Great Lakes (Ill.)
Personnelman 3rd Class; PN3
Prisoner of War
Service Related Injury
Please see video.
City of Birth
Country of Birth
Location of Interview
Anderson, Thelma; World War, 1939-1945 -- Personal Narratives; Women and the military -- United States; 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
video / mp4 DVD
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Central Florida, RICHES, "Anderson, Thelma interview" (2016). Veterans Oral Histories. 528.