Oral history interview with Walter Patton. Interview conducted by John Grande in Winter Park, Florida on January 20, 2017.
0:28 Birthplace; 0:43 Parents; 1:14 Siblings; 1:31 Childhood; 2:52 Education; 3:52 Family Service; 4:18 Enlistment, Pearl Harbor; 5:12 ROTC, Army Reserves; 6:33 Family Reaction; 6:52 Examinations; 7:37 Marine Corps Commission; 8:13 Second Lieutenant Boot Camp; 9:06 Drill Instructors; 9:55 Date of Commission; 11:38 Advanced Training, Classified Radar Course; 15:19 Cherry Point, Miramar; 15:51 Convoy Transport to South Pacific, Guam; 18:28 Okinawa, Ulithi; 21:27 Atomic Bombs; 22:11 Unusual Days; 22:34 Friendship, Ulithi Air Crew, Kamikaze Attacks; 25:53 Mail Correspondence; 26:21 Guam Experiences; 28:31 Liberty; 28:48 Going Home, Flight Training, Company Commander; 32:02 Marine Corps Retirement; 32:23 Last Day of Service; 33:46 Guided Missile Testing; 34:47 Keeping In Contact; 35:06 Looking Back on Service; 36:01 What It Means to Be a Marine; 36:24 National Mood; 36:59 Closing Comments; 37:39 End of Interview.
Date of Birth
Place of Birth
War or Conflict
World War II
Begin/End date of Service - 1st
Entrance into Service
Branch of Service
Unit of Service
Bureau of Naval Weapons
Location of Service
Guam; Palau; China; Okinawa Island (Japan); Korea; Quantico (Va.); Camp Pendleton (Calif.); Monterey (Calif.)
Lieutenant Colonel; LtCol
Prisoner of War
Service Related Injury
Worked on Missile Range; Worked at the Beaux of Weapons.
Went to Naval Post Graduate School and Headquarters Marine Corps.
City of Birth
Country of Birth
Location of Interview
Winter Park, Florida
Patton, Walter B.; World War, 1939-1945 -- Personal Narratives; United States. Marines
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, "Patton, Walter B. interview" (2017). Veterans Oral Histories. 544.