Streaming Media

Log

0:00 Introduction; 0:35 Hometown and early life; 1:00 Siblings; 1:42 Life in Baltimore; 2:32 Education; 3:41 Camping in Baltimore; 4:34 Family in the military; 5:30 Pearl Harbor; 6:59 Reasons for enlisting in the military; 8:04 Basic training; 9:15 Engine specialist school in Detroit; 10:21 First deployment in World War II; 11:30 Traveling to Hawaii; 13:19 Working on planes; 15:05 Being attacked while working on planes; 16:19 Crew mates; 19:35 Fighting in the Philippines; 20:28 Flying into Nagasaki, Japan; 21:39 Taking photographers in the plane; 24:47 Interacting with locals in Japan; 27:02 Post-war activities; 27:55 Starting a family; 29:32 Being Catholic in the military; 31:04 Reflections; 31:35 Post-war jobs; 34:35 Medals and honors; 37:05 Conclusion.

Date of Birth

1925-03-14

Place of Birth

Baltimore (MD)

Gender

Male

Race

White - Non Hispanic

Home State

Massachusetts

War or Conflict

World War II

Status

Veteran

Begin/End date of Service - 1st

April 1943

April 1963

Entrance into Service

Drafted

Branch of Service

U.S. Army

Unit of Service

317th Troop Carrier Group; 41st Troop Carrier Squadron

Location of Service

New Guinea; Leyte Gulf (Philippines); Okinawa (Japan); Nagasaki (Japan); Korea

Highest Rank

Unknown

Prisoner of War

No

Service Related Injury

No

Battles

Battle of Leyte; Battle of Mindoro; Battle of Luzon

Medals

Unknown

Achievements

The veteran is an air-crewman on a C-47 transport aircraft. His plane was one of those which carried photographers over Hiroshima to document the after effect of the bomb.

Note

"Dates for leaving service are estimated. Information about when he retired are unknown. Mr. Laur's son had to help guide him through the interview." -- The interviewer.

City of Birth

Baltimore

Country of Birth

US

Interviewer

Stevenson, Samuel

Interview Date

Fall 12-12-2017

Location of Interview

Veterans home in Orlando, Florida

Subjects

Laur, Richard; World War, 1939-1945 -- Personal Narratives; United States. Army

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

Contributors

Stevenson, Samuel

Length of Interview

37 Minutes

Publisher

Department of History, University of Central Florida

Type

video / mp4; DVD

Rights

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. http://library.ucf.edu/about/departments/special-collections-university-archives/

Repository

University of Central Florida Libraries, Special Collections & University Archives

Contributing Project

UCF Community Veterans History Project

Document Type

Interview


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