Oral history interview of Donald Kaup. Interview conducted by John Grande at the veteran’s home in Orlando, Florida on February 14, 2017.
0:01 Introduction; 0:30 Birth date/place; 0:40 Parents occupation; 1:00 His children; 1:40 Siblings; 2:00 Education; 3:30 Enlistment; 3:55 What influenced him to join the Navy; 4:32 Bootcamp; 6:05 Pearl Harbor as his first assignment; 6:55 Life at Pearl Harbor; 7:25 his job aboard the ship; 8:25 His experience on the USS Medusa; 9:20 Experience during the Pearl Harbor attack; 10:40 Hearing the commands during the attack; 11:30 Bombs falling nearby; 12:00 The Medusa shooting down planes during the attack; 13:10 Repair work during Pearl Harbor attack; 13:40 Where he was sent after Pearl Harbor; 15:00 Ship run aground during a storm; 16:00 Other islands and Australia; 17:05 The Admiralty Islands; 17:25 Leaving the USS Medusa; 17:55 Assignment to USS Acuba; 18:35 Passing through the Panama Canal; 19:40 Going to the Philippines; 20:20 Typhoon in the Philippines; 22:00 End of World War II; 23:55 Retirement from Navy and Civilian Job; 24:45 Closing thoughts on the Navy; 25:15 End of Interview.
Date of Birth
Place of Birth
White - Non Hispanic
War or Conflict
World War II
Begin/End date of Service - 1st
Entrance into Service
Branch of Service
Unit of Service
USS Medusa; USS Hecuba; USS Butner; USS Bottineau; USS Latimer; USS Sabine; USS Zelima
Location of Service
Pearl Harbor (Hawaii); New Herbrides; New Guinea; Guadalcanal (Solomon Islands); Sydney (N.S.W.); Admiralty Islands (Papua New Guinea)
Chief Machinist's Mate; CMM
Prisoner of War
Service Related Injury
Good Conduct Medal; World War II National Defense Medal; American Campaign Medal; Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal; World War II Victory Medal; World War II National Defense Medal; China Service Medal; Korean Service Medal
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Includes the veteran's handwritten notes.
City of Birth
Country of Birth
Location of Interview
Kaup, Donald Kenneth; World War, 1939-1945 -- Personal Narratives; 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
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Central Florida, RICHES, "Kaup, Donald Kenneth Interview" (2017). Veterans Oral Histories. 530.