Streaming Media


Oral History interview of Francisco Silva. Interview conducted by Ford, Frank at Silva Residence.


1:35 Life on Madeira Island, Portugal; 3:15 Living under the Salazar dictatorship in Portugal; 5:00 Life in the United States before military service; 7:55 Experiences in the Civilian Conservation Corps; 12:25 Draft Experience; 13:45 Volunteers to be reconnaissance photographer; 14:25 Refuses R and R; 16:20 Coming home; 17:05 Joins 'Victory at Sea' film crew during Korean War; 17:50 Experiences with the natives of New Guinea during the war; 19:15 Relations with the natives of New Guinea; 20:50 Biac, New Guinea Bob Hope show gets attacked; 21:40 Description of Japanese soldiers; 22:15 Reactions to malaria pills; 23:15 Typical day in the 400th Bombardment Group; 23:50 The Red Cross; 24:30 Description of crew duties on a B-24; 25:35 Problems with extra fuel tanks in the B-24; 26:25 Outlook on World War Two; 26:45 Experiences in the South Pacific during World War Two; 27:50 Hurricane in the Philippines; 28:10 The roles of Sea Bees and runways; 29:00 Guarding aircraft during the war; 30:10 Liberation of the Philippines and the return of MacArther; 31:40 The truth about combat; 32:50 Experiences in a Marine Boot Camp; 33:50 Thoughts on Japanese soldier tactics; 34:10 Kamikaze attacks and the Japanese mindset; 36:40 Japanese surrender; 37:05 Thoughts on the Atomic Bomb and Tokyo Rose; 39:25 Problems with readjustment back into civilian life; 42:05 Reflections on Military Service; 42:55 Decision to move to Florida and the retirement years; 45:05 Changes in Florida between World War Two and the Present; 46:35 Reflections on life in the United States.



War or Conflict

World War II

Interview Date


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


Department of History, University of Central Florida


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 and University Archives

Contributing Project

UCF Community Veterans History Project

Document Type