Streaming Media


Oral history interview of William O. Lanier. Interview conducted by Jack Munn at UCF Library, Room 415.


0:00-0:20 Introduction; 0:20-1:20 Early WWII Memories as a child; 1:20-2:04 Early Sanford, his experience; 2:04-2:20 Talk of family; 2:20-3:55 Post-war Florida, teenage life; 3:56-4:40 Decision to join Navy; 4:41-5:30 Influences to join; 5:30-6:15 School life; 6:15-7:20 1955 - Joining the Navy/boot camp; 7:20-8:50 The 'national' mood, Cold War; 8:50-10:13 Boot camp; 10:13-11:05 Early service days; 11:05-12:01 His duties as a radioman, technology; 12:01-12:55 Ranks; 12:55-16:30 Places he visited, stationed; 16:30-18:30 October 1962 - Cuban Missile Crisis; 18:30-19:10 Kennedy assassination; 19:10-20:21 Cold War impression; 20:21-22:01 Ships he served on; 22:01-24:15 Time in Alaska; 24:15-25:01 Leaving the Navy/retiring; 25:01-26:01 Proudest moments; 26:02-27:31 U.S. policy before & after; 28:21-29:18 Berlin Wall/terrorism; 29:19-30:01 'Wind down,' exiting comments



War or Conflict

Cold War Era

Branch of Service

U.S. Navy

Prisoner of War


Service Related Injury


Interview Date


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


Department of History, University of Central Florida


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 and University Archives

Contributing Project

UCF Community Veterans History Project

Document Type