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Oral history interview of Mr. Thomas Caine. Interview conducted by Sharon Rodriguez at the Masonic Home of Florida in St. Petersburg, Florida on 03/22/2018. Interview topics include, Introduction; Early childhood and education; Time prior to the Navy; Pearl Harbor attack and reaction; Family's reaction to join; First impressions of life in the Navy; Earning commission in the Navy; Basic training; Job in the Navy; Duties as a navigator; Job selection; First duty station; Experiencing a naval vessel for the first time: the Argonne; Special experience: Being officer of the deck; Special experience: Being officer of the deck; Deployment to the Pacific theater; Communicating home/ Leave; Most memorable experience during the war; Time on the USS Sabine; Leaving the Navy; Returning to civilian life after the military; Becoming a lawyer after the navy; Using naval experience in life; Adapting to civilian life; Advice for those joining the military; Awards and commendations; Final thoughts; Closing remarks.

Date of Birth




Interview Date

Spring 3-22-2018

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

Length of Interview

35 Minutes


Department of History, University of Central Florida


video / mp4 DVD


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 & University Archives

Contributing Project

UCF Community Veterans History Project

Document Type