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Oral History interview of Jacqueline Treadwell. Interview conducted by O'Brien, Patricia Anne at Veteran's Home in New Smyrna, FL.


0:30 Growing up in Seattle, Washington; Childhood; 0:49 Being raised by a single mother; 1:00 Job before WWII; 1:30 Enlisting and heading to basic training; 2:40 Basic training at Hunter College; 3:55 Mother's views on her enlistment; 4:20 Going to the Navy Training School at Iowa State Teacher's College; 4:30 Life at the Navy Training School; 5:00 Helping a farmer out with his crops; shortage of manpower on home front; 5:45 Heading to the Norfolk Naval Station and reasons why she chose here; 6:10 Duties and rank; 6:30 Housing and life; interactions with the other girls; 7:30 Base chapel and attending services; 9:00 Clerical duties; 9:30 Picnics, swimming, bowling, and other recreational activities on base; 11:00 Her husband's involvement in WWII; 12:15 Her first time hearing about Pearl Harbor; 13:50 The Japanese people in Seattle; internment; 14:50 Rations; 15:20 Victory Garden; 15:40 Her mother during WWII; 16:20 Her grandmother; 16:30 Working as a girl in high school; 17:25 Women in the war effort; public view; lack of men power; 18:50 Sharing her medals and honors; 19:39 Sharing her dog tags; 20:35 Sharing her Yeoman 2nd class summer uniform patch; 20:55 Sharing photographs; Winter uniform; 21:45 Trip home during WWII to visit her mother; tough journey; 22:50 Men heading to the Pacific on her train ride; 23:50 Her husband's Navy duties post WWII; 24:50 Her husband in the Korean War; 25:25 Her enlistment did not end with WWII; 26:20 Enlistment ended when she got married; 26:30 Gl Benefits; 27:20 Hearing about the Invasion of Normandy for the first time; 27:50 Mass prayers for the men on D-Day; religion on base; 29:00 Hearing about the bombs being dropped on Japan; her boyfriend being on the USS Hornet with Colonel Doolittle; 30:00 WAVES significance; 31:00 Receiving thanks from civilians; 31:50 The Holocaust; 32:00 Hearing news of the war.

Date of Birth


Place of Birth

Portland (Or.)




White - Non Hispanic

Home State


War or Conflict

World War II



Begin/End date of Service - 1st



Entrance into Service


Branch of Service

U.S. Navy

Unit of Service

Norfolk Naval Air Station

Location of Service

New York (N.Y.); Cedar Falls (Iowa); Norfolk (Va.)

Highest Rank

Yeoman Second Class; Y2

Prisoner of War


Service Related Injury





Victory Medal


See video for details.


Awarded Victory Medal twice.

City of Birth


Country of Birth

United States


O'Brien, Patricia Anne

Interview Date


Location of Interview

Veteran's Home in New Smyrna, FL.


Treadwell, Jacqueline L.; World War, 1939-1945 -- Personal narratives; Women and the military -- United States; United States. Navy

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


O'Brien, Patricia Anne

Length of Interview

34 Minutes


Department of History, University of Central Florida


Video; MovingImage


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. http://library.ucf.edu/about/departments/special-collections-university-archives/


University of Central Florida Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives

Contributing Project

UCF Community Veterans History Project

Document Type