Oral history interview of Mr. Robert D. Elston. Interview conducted by Adam Rock at the Masonic Home of Florida in St. Petersburg, Florida on 03/22/2018.
0:01 Introduction; 0:26 Early childhood and education; 2:05 Time before the service; 3:00 Basic training; 3:30 Special training (series 10); 4:22 Role in the reserves; 5:25 Time after basic training; 6:50 Duties as an NCO; 8:00 Stations while in the reserves; 9:40 Interaction with locals; 9:58 Typical day in the reserves; 11:20 Communicating back home; 12:12 Most memorable experience in the reserves; 13:00 Leaving the reserves; 13:55 Transition into civilian life; 14:20 Contact with fellow reservists; 15:30 Applying military training to civilian life; 17:05 Constant transfers and different jobs; 19:50 Final thoughts; 21:10 Closing remarks.
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
3156 Company, 305th Ordinance Regiment
Location of Service
Prisoner of War
Service Related Injury
Battle of the Bulge; Battle of Normandy
The veteran was shelled in Bonn.
More battle information: Landing ship-tank (Omaha Beach, Normandy) through Belgium Germany. The veteran was awarded ribbons.
City of Birth
Country of Birth
Location of Interview
Masonic Home of Florida, St. Petersburg, FL
Elston, Robert D.; Cold War -- Personal Narratives; United States. Army
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, "Elston, Robert D. interview" (2018). Veterans Oral Histories. 591.