Oral history interview of Mr. John Brink. 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; Life prior to the Army; Pearl Harbor attacks; Choosing to enlist in the Army; Family and friends' reactions to his enlistment; Basic training and advanced training; Experiencing a smoke bomb; Training courses; First assignment after training; Time in Europe; Working with Landing Ship Tanks (LTSs); Time in England; Experiencing Omaha Beach; Locals in France; Delivering tanks all the way in Paris; Involvement in the Battle of Bulge; Getting the scarlet fever; Being sent back and forth through Europe; Shelling in Bonn; Rise to the rank of Corporal; Work with soldiers from other countries; Communicating while in Europe; Being too busy for leave; Most memorable experience during service; Deciding to leave the Army; Time in England; Time after the service; Returning to civilian life; Former compatriots; Advice for anyone considering joining the military; Veterans groups; Awards and commendations; Closing remarks.
Date of Birth
Contributor Affiliation / Organization
RICHES University of Central Florida
Length of Interview
Department of History, University of Central Florida
video / mp4 DVD
University of Central Florida Libraries, Special Collections & University Archives
UCF Community Veterans History Project
Central Florida, RICHES, "Brink, John W. interview" (2018). Veterans Oral Histories. 591.