Oral History interview of Evelyn S. Borshay. Interview conducted by Hile, David at Veteran's Home in Winter Park, FL.
0:02 Background information; 0:30 Family I reason for enlisting; 1:47 Sworn into the navy I begins training; 2:43 Studied to be a yeoman at Hunter College (New York); 3:17 Sent to Navy Recruiting Station in Washington D.C.; 3:23 Living conditions; 3:51 Making friends I roommates; 4:10 Duties in the service; 4:52 Met husband; a Chief Petty Officer in the Navy; 5:40 Boot camp at Hunter College; 6:01 Working her way up in rank I reasons for discharge; 6:40 Social activities in Washington; 7:28 The urge to go overseas; 8:13 Day to day life at Navy Recruiting Station; 10:48 Eagerness of men to enlist; 11:18 Where the men were sent once they enlisted; 12:13 Adapting to life in the military / food; 13:15 Keeping in touch with friends after the war; 14:16 Family response to joining the military; 15:41 The American Home Front (Washington); 16:56 Reaction to the end of the war; 18:46 Adjusting back into civilian life I Guantanamo Bay, Cuba; 22:15 Impact of war on life / seeing the WWII Memorial in Washington D.C.; 27:52 Public response to women in the military; 28:46 Giving thanks.
Date of Birth
Place of Birth
New Jersey (N.Y.)
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
New York (N.Y.); Washington (D.C.)
Seamen 1st class; S1; Yeoman First Class; Y1
Prisoner of War
Service Related Injury
See video for details.
City of Birth
Country of Birth
Location of Interview
Veteran's Home in Winter Park, FL.
Borshay, Evelyn S.; World War, 1939-1945 -- Personal narratives; Women and the military -- United States; 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
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
UCF Community Veterans History Project
Central Florida, RICHES of, "Borshay, Evelyn S. interview" (2013). Veterans Oral Histories. 133.