Oral history interview of Mr. John W. Brink. Interview conducted by Sharon Rodriguez at the Masonic Home of Florida in St. Petersburg, Florida on 03/22/2018.
0:01 Introduction; 0:41 Early childhood and education; 2:35 Life prior to the Army; 3:20 Pearl Harbor attacks; 4:50 Choosing to enlist in the Army; 5:45 Family and friends' reactions to his enlistment; 6:45 Basic training and advance training; 11:25 Experiencing a smoke bomb; 12:35 Training courses; 13:45 First assignment after training; 15:05 Time in Europe; 16:40 Working with Landing Ship Tanks (LTS); 17:15 Time in England; 18:43 Experiencing Omaha Beach; 21:39 Locals in France; 22:30 Delivering tanks all the way in Paris; 23:40 Involvement in the Battle of Bulge; 25:40 Getting the scarlet fever; 27:10 Being sent back and forth through Europe; 29:00 Shelling in Bonn; 30:40 Rise to the rank of Corporal; 32:15 Work with soldiers from other countries; 33:20 Communicating while in Europe; 34:20 Being too busy for leave; 34:40 Most memorable experience during service; 36:00 Deciding to leave the Army; 37:00 Time in England; 39:00 Time after the service; 39:30 Returning to civilian life; 40:20 Former compatriots; 41:25 Advice for anyone considering joining the military; 42:20 Veterans groups; 46:20 Awards and commendations; 46:50 Closing remarks.
Date of Birth
Place of Birth
White - Non Hispanic
War or Conflict
World War II
Begin/End date of Service - 1st
Entrance into Service
Branch of Service
Unit of Service
Location of Service
Pacific Ocean; Caribbean Sea
Prisoner of War
Service Related Injury
Cuban Expeditionary Medal; American Defense Service Medal
The veteran is a diver and trained as hard-hat underwater Demolitions team.
The veteran received 50% disability for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
City of Birth
Country of Birth
Location of Interview
Masonic Home of Florida, St. Petersburg, FL
Brink, John W.; World War, 1939-1945 -- Personal Narratives; United States. Navy
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, "Brink, John Wesly interview" (2018). Veterans Oral Histories. 597.