Oral History interview of John Hull. Interview conducted by Whitney, Blake at Veteran's Residence.
0:37 Biographical Information; 2:45 Drafted into Air Corps; 3:20 Basic Training; 4:00 Radio/ Gunnery School; 5:51 Joins aircraft crew; 7:20 Reasons for selecting Air Corps; 7:50 Adapting to military life; 9:00 Life in Basic Training; 10:50 Social life throughout training; 12:23 Journey to Italy; 15:15 Duties on board aircraft; 16:01 Typical day abroad; 17:37 Uniform; 20:20 Shot down by enemy; 22:24 Relationships in service; 24:16 Taken POW; 28:30 Letters home; 30:40 Miami Biltmore hospital; 32:20 Green Bough hotel; 33:00 Time at Walter Reed hospital; 36:30 Time back in Baltimore; 39:40 Adjustment to civilian life; 44:30 Veterans Associations Memberships; 45:00 Military medals; 46:00 Life lessons learned throughout service; 47:08 Experiences in Cuba; 48:30 Concerns about current military.
Date of Birth
Place of Birth
White Plains (N.Y.)
War or Conflict
World War II
Begin/End date of Service - 1st
Entrance into Service
Branch of Service
Unit of Service
722nd Squadron, 15th air force, Manduria, Italy
Location of Service
Miami (Fla.); Scott Field (Ill.); Harlingen Army Airfield (Tex.); France; Italy; Bethesda (Md.)
Technical Sergeant; TSgt
Prisoner of War
Service Related Injury
Air Medal; Purple Heart
Gave Speeches, was at Walter Reed hospital as amputee patient
Served on Walter Reed Hospital, Maryland.
City of Birth
Country of Birth
Location of Interview
Hull, John D.; World War, 1939-1945 -- Personal Narratives; United States. Army
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, "Hull, John Doster interview" (2013). Veterans Oral Histories. 168.