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Oral History interview of Ivan Stilp. Interview conducted by Dennison, Matthew at Veteran's Residence.


0:01 Introduction; 0:30 Early Childhood; 0:58 Enlistment in the Navy and reasons why; 2:50 Training as an electrician; 3:10 LST training and description; 4:15 Explanation of high turnout for submarine service; 5:30 LST training Continued; 7:19 Shipping overseas through Mississippi River from Pennsylvania; 11:00 Arrival at England and staging area preparations; 12:10 Training in Southern England for Invasion of Normandy; 12:30 Explanation of what LST -284 carried for the invasion; 13:10 Feelings about the upcoming invasion and how everyone dealt with it; 13:50 General Eisenhower came down to wish them well; 14:30 Invasion of Normandy (First Wave- Omaha Beach); 15:40 LCVP's are loaded with men and sent ashore; 16:00 LST -284 hits the shore and drops off all 6 tanks; 16:30 LST-284 turns into a medical facility for wounded; 17:45 Collected wounded and headed back to England for supplies (3 trips); 18:45 Repaired LST -284 in England; 19:15 30-day leave in the United States and then sent to the Pacific; 19:50 Ryukyu Islands staging area for the Invasion of Japan; 20:15 Kamikaze encounters in the Pacific; 21:45 End of WWII in the Pacific; 22:20 Total surrender of the Japanese; 23:00 Policing Tokyo after the surrender; 25:00 Sent back to the States and was greeted by everyone in San Francisco; 27:00 Arrive at Houston, Texas to decommission the ship and was discharged; 27:30 Free time in Tokyo during occupation; 29:15 Before the invasion of Normandy, took supplies to Italy; 30:00 Him and a few others took a jeep to Naples for ice cream; 31:11 How the Japanese felt about U.S. troops in Tokyo; 31:49 Explanation of comradely with ship mates; 34:15 Treatment after arriving back home; 34:40 Military medals and what they were; 35:45 Civilian life and going back to college for Electronics and reasons why; 38:52 Experience at RCA service company and Martin (later Lockheed Martin); 40:15 Retirement and veteran involvement within the community; 41:50 AWOL in New Orleans at Mardi Gras before shipping overseas; 44:12 Movie theater story in England.

Date of Birth


Place of Birth

Almena (Wis.)




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

USS LST- 284

Location of Service

Normandy (France); France, Southern; Ryukyu Islands (Japan); Tokyo (Japan)

Highest Rank

Electrician's Mate Petty Officer 1st Class; EM1

Prisoner of War


Service Related Injury



Invasion of Normandy




Ship's Chief Electrician, Commissioned and De-Commissioned the ship


Awarded medals five times for various campaigns.

City of Birth


Country of Birth

United States


Dennison, Matthew

Interview Date


Location of Interview

Veteran's Residence


Stilp, Ivan H.; World War, 1939-1945 -- Personal narratives; Invasion of Normandy; 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


Dennison, Matthew

Length of Interview

45 Minutes


Department of History, University of Central Florida


Video; MovingImage


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University of Central Florida Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives

Contributing Project

UCF Community Veterans History Project

Document Type