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Oral history interview of Mr. Gary Snyder. Interview conducted by Tyler Campbell at the Masonic Home of Florida in St. Petersburg, Florida on 03/22/2018. Interview topics include, Introduction; Birth place and date; Family life growing up; Education prior to military service; Enlisting in the Navy; Basic Training; Heading to Norfolk after Basic Training; First experiences on the USS Wasp; World tour on the Wasp; Position on the ship; Typical day while on the ship; Memorable moments on the ship; Experiences around Korea; Friendships with other sailors; Free time on ship and at port; Hazing ritual after crossing the equator; Different ports around the world; Favorite port of call; Experiences at different ports; Close call with a live shell; Refueling experiences; Decision to leave the Navy; Employment after leaving the Navy; Contact with old shipmates; Advice for anyone thinking of joining the military; The Wasp 1952 collision with a destroyer; Final thoughts; Conclusion

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

20 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