Oral History interview of Mr. Edward W. Frantel. Interview conducted by David Morton at Veteran's Residense in St. Petersburg, Florida.
0:05 Introduction – Overview; 0:35 Background/Upbringing; 3:00 Enlisted with best friend; 3:30 Discovered he was colorblind, passed the test anyway; 4:00 Describes basic training; 7:37 Selected to join the S2 Intelligence regiment in the Airborne; 8:00 Describes troop ship to Europe; 8:30 Explains "Operation Soft Underbelly"; 10:10 Rescues the 101st Airborne, trapped in Bastogne; 10:43 Returns aboard the Queen Mary; 11:15 Enrolls in Marquette University; 11:45 Graduates Marquette, marries; 12:55 Hired by Heinz corporation; 13:40 Hired by Miller Brewing Company, becomes President; 14:20 Becomes VP of Phillip Morris and President of 7-UP; 15:00 Retires, moves to lsleworth Country Club in Windermere; 15:15 Meets Ronald Reagan, appointed to National Physical Fitness Committee; 18:22 Describes experiences with Miller Brewing Company; 19:29 Significant memories from Marquette; 20:59 2:50 Recalls experiences as President of 7-UP; 21:44 Provides more details on his involvement with NPFC; 22:35 Met five U.S. Presidents, describes his encounters; 26:33 Describes his family life; 28:30 Discusses his involvement in "Jerry's Kids" with Jerry Lewis; 30:21 Details on S2 Intelligence Regiment and its inspiration for "Dirty Dozen"; 34:10 12:54 Reflects on benefits of being in the armed services; 38:55 Reviews his professional career; 44:30 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
George Company, 3rd Battalion, 1st Marine Division
Location of Service
Prisoner of War
Service Related Injury
Battle of Chosin Reservoir; Battle of Inchon
Purple Heart Medal
The veteran was an Infantry Platoon Leader.
The veteran suffered a gunshot wound to his lower leg during Battle of Chosin Reservoir.
City of Birth
Country of Birth
Location of Interview
Masonic Home of Florida, St. Petersburg, FL
Frantel, Edward W.; World War, 1939-1945 -- Personal Narratives; United States. Marine Corps
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, "Frantel, Edward W. interview" (2018). Veterans Oral Histories. 595.