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
Date of Birth
Place of Birth
White - Non Hispanic
War or Conflict
Cold War Era
Begin/End date of Service - 1st
Entrance into Service
Branch of Service
Unit of Service
USS Jason; USS Tawasay; USS Griffin
Location of Service
Greece; Japan; Scotland; Iceland; Spain
Radioman Chief Petty Officer; RMC
Prisoner of War
Service Related Injury
Good Conduct Medal; Good Conduct Medal; Good Conduct Medal; Good Conduct Medal; Good Conduct Medal; National Service Award
See the video
City of Birth
Country of Birth
Location of Interview
UCF Library, Room 415.
Lanier, William O. United States. Navy Sanford World War II Cold War Boot camp Cuban Missile Crisis Kennedy assasination Berlin Wall
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 of, "Lanier, William O. interview" (2011). Veterans Oral Histories. 53.