Oral History interview of William Waters. Interview conducted by Steinberg, Andrew Jay at Waters' Residence in Orlando, FL.
0:20 Biographical information; 1:44 Family members joining the military; 2:35 Joining the military; 2:48 Influences to join the Air Force; 3:15 Enlisting in the Army Air Force; 3:40 Basic Training; 4:55 After Basic; 5:40 Assigned to transit air craft area at Turner Air Force Base; 6:00 Stood fire guard; 06:20 Air Force food; 7:00 German POWs assigned to KP duty; 7:25 Highest rank during WWII; 8:14 Stationed at Turner Air Force Base; 8:49 Feelings after the end of WWII; 9:15 Attending college at University of Alabama after the WWII; 9:55 Joining Air Force ROTC in college; 10:34 Influences to join the ROTC; 11:08 ROTC course taken in college; 12:42 Training as a Radar Maintenance Officer; 13:45 Sent to 33rd Air Division at Tinker Air Force Base; 14:30 Describing radar equipment; 15:30 Talking about false radar readings; 16:20 Released from the Air Force; 17:14 Rank leaving the military; 17:20 Occupation after leaving the military; 18:30 Working for GE; 20:04 Working for Lockheed Martin; 21:45 Working in Germany for Lockheed Martin; 25:45 Encouraging students to pursue a career in engineering.
Date of Birth
Place of Birth
White - Non Hispanic
War or Conflict
World War II; Korean Conflict
Begin/End date of Service - 1st
Entrance into Service
Branch of Service
U.S. Air Force
Unit of Service
2109th Base Unit
Location of Service
Albany (Ga.); Oklahoma City (Okla.)
Corporal; Second Lieutenant; 2ndLt
Prisoner of War
Service Related Injury
Served as Radar Maintenance Officer in Korean Conflict.
Enlisted (World War II); Commissioned (Korean Conflict)
City of Birth
Country of Birth
Steinberg, Andrew J.
Location of Interview
Waters' Residence in Orlando, FL.
Waters, William L.; World War, 1939-1945 -- Personal narratives; Korean Conflict -- Personal narratives; United States. Air Force
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
Steinberg, Andrew J.
Length of Interview
Department of History, University of Central Florida
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William, Waters Lee, "Waters, William Lee interview" (2013). Veterans Oral Histories. 171.