Oral History interview of Donald Wagy. Interview conducted by Pena, Karen at Wagy Residence.
1:45 First job as a mechanic and his second job as an apprenticeship; 4:45 Joining the Civilian Technician Unit and Station X; 5:26 Shipped to New York; 7:16 Shipped to England on the Queen Mary; 9:00 Discharged to Glasgow & 1st tea time; 10:15 Warrington stay for 1 to 2 years; 12:00 Resigned as a civilian technician and joined the merchant marines; 13:05 Board on the S.S. Dwight L. Moody (1st Voyage); 14:05 Description of his assignment; 16:25 Defines what 'pay off' means; 19:30 Board to South Pacific on a Liberty Ship (2nd Voyage); 22:35 Arrived to Port Moresby, New Guinea; 23:15 Island Hopping story; 25:24 1400 American Airman joined on board; 28:04 The Deck Games (Hollandia, New Guinea); 31:00 Convoy formation story; 36:30 Discharged to the states; 37:35 VE Day; 39:00 Board to Yugoslavia; 40:45 Board to North Africa; 42:40 Pay off in Philadelphia; 43:00 Board to Port Bordo in France; 45:00 Japanese attack in the S. Pacific story; 47:50 VE & VJ day reactions; 49:20 Certificate; 50:00 Life after way; 51:15 Love story; 54:20 Impacts of the war; 56:00 Life Philosophy; 57:00 Family.
Date of Birth
Place of Birth
Fort Worth (Tex.)
White - Non Hispanic
War or Conflict
World War II
Begin/End date of Service - 1st
Entrance into Service
Branch of Service
U.S. Merchant Marine
Unit of Service
Stephen Furdick; Dwight Moody; John Hopkins; Pittston Victory
Prisoner of War
Service Related Injury
See the video
City of Birth
Country of Birth
Location of Interview
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 of, "Wagy, Donald Joseph interview" (2012). Veterans Oral Histories. 97.