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Oral History interview of Eugene Visco. Interview conducted by Bolanos, Joshua at Mr. Visco's home in Orlando, Fl.


1:16 Born in Boston; moved a lot during childhood; 3:09 Started high school; 5:20 Starts thinking about joining the Navy; 8:30 Civil Service screening examination; 10:18 Went to Navy recruiter and enlisted; 11:20 Mother's thoughts on him enlisting; 12:34 At enlistment he had no fears about going into the Navy; 13:40 Early days in the Navy; combat air crewman; 14:45 Travelling to bootcamp; 16:05 Arrive at Jacksonville bootcamp; 17:07 Why bootcamp is called boots; 18:10 Explains why there is a flap in the Navy uniform; 20:28 More explanation of bootcamp; 23:04 Chose to become an aviation ordnanceman and further advanced training; 25:24 Radar operating school, gunnery school, simulator training; 28:47 Right vs left arm patch distinctions; 30:31 Assigned to a crew on a patrol bomber; 32:51 Operational training; was giver a 10 day leave before reporting for duty; 38:30 War was over but still had to meet up with crew for duty; 39:50 While on base worked to tow flying boats to shore; 43:11 Joined VPB squadron in the Philippines; 45:05 Earned enough points to return home and decided not to re-enlist; 45:55 Free time while in Philippines; 47:15 Mother sent ice skates while deployed and it took a long time to reach him; 50:27 Returned home; 53:30 Positive community reception when he returned home; 54:00 Attended the University of Miami in 1946; 56:45 Major in Mathematics and minor in Physics; 58:25 More mathematics courses in Boston and graduated; 59:45 Got a job teaching; 60:30 Took civil service examination undergrad and Army offered him a job; 62:30 Tested weapons and chemicals; field testing; 63:25 Got involved with John Hopkins University and operations research; 65:25 Thoughts; Presently working at Lockheed Martin; 67:14 Story; Taught drama and put on plays while he taught.

Date of Birth


Place of Birth

Boston (Mass.)




White - Non Hispanic

Home State


War or Conflict

World War II



Begin/End date of Service - 1st



Begin/End date of Service - 2nd



Entrance into Service


Branch of Service

U.S. Navy

Unit of Service

VPB-29 (Patrol Bomber Squadron); VPB-98 (Patrol Bomber Squadron); VPB-99 (Patrol Bomber Squadron); VPB-100 (Patrol Bomber Squadron)

Location of Service

San Diego Naval Air Station (Calif.); Alameda Naval Air Station (Calif.); Jacksonville Naval Air Station (Fla.); Memphis (Tenn.); Kingsville (Tex.); Corpus Christi (Tex.); Hawaii; Philippines; Pacific Theater

Highest Rank

Petty Officer 3rd Class; PO3; Aviation Ordnanceman

Prisoner of War


Service Related Injury





World War II Victory Medal; American Campaign Medal; Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal


Combat Aircrewman on long-range patrol bomber (Martin Mariner, PBM); turret gunner; radar operator; aircraft beaching crew, Kaneohe Bay NAS; air-sea rescue flights, seas around the Philippine Islands


Not applicable

City of Birth


Country of Birth

United States


Bolanos, Joshua

Interview Date


Location of Interview

Mr. Visco's home in Orlando, FL.


Visco, Eugene P.; World War, 1939-1945 -- Personal narratives; 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


Bolanos, Joshua

Length of Interview

72 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