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Oral History interview of John Reus. Interview conducted by McGinnis, Anthony at Veteran's home.


0:43 When and where he was born; 1:06 What his parents did for a living; 2:35 How big was his family; 3:02 Education received prior to service; 3:36 Other family members in the service; 4:25 Discusses feelings about being drafted into the service; 4:38 Mother's opposition to his joining the service; 5:25 What were the first days in the service like; 5:56 Working temporarily in the reception center dispensary- detached service; 6:38 Camp Lee, Virginia - Medical basic training; 7:06 What the training at Camp Lee was like - field practices, physiology, etc.; 8:10 Choices that were given after training at Camp Lee; Chose clerical; 8:39 Discussion of instructors at basic; 9:30 Instructor that stands out in memory; 9:59 Staying in touch with family; 10:04 Food at basic and at the reception center; 10:55 Supplies at basic training; 11:28 Entertainment within unit; 12:05 USO was involved in entertainment; 12:34 What he did while on leave; 14:22 Place stationed during service - Camp Lee; 15:05 Limited service personal eventually used his job; 15:34 Camp Barkley where medical basic training occurred all over again; 16:15 Assigned to 377th station hospital - designed to go to Pacific theatre; 17:26 Ft. Louis, WA- embarkation point; 18:03 Preparing to enter an active theatre of war; 18:32 Setting sail to Hawaii to receive equipment for hospital unit; 19:22 Jobs and assignment with the 337th station hospital; 19:46 Size of enlisted contingent; 21:20 Further discussion of jobs while in Oahu, HA; 22:16 Cartooning for the station hospital newspaper, Ft. Lee; 22:44 Discusses sketches he completed to send to family; 23:05 Keeping in touch with family while gone; 23:34 Discusses how hospital was never fully set up while he was there; 23:49 War ended while in Oahu; 24:23 Unit was supposed to go to Okinawa- stayed in Guam as war ended; 25:26 Movement to Korea, 1945; 26:11 Occupied Japanese barracks in Korea upon arrival; 26:35 Discusses "points" which led to him being discharged; 27:22 Feelings about being released from service; 27:41 5 ribbons received while in service; 29:01 Highest rank in Army - Technical Sergeant; 29:37 Education after service - Valencia Community College; 30:46 Civilian occupation after service; 31:51 Later worked with Martin Company (Martin Marietta); 32:58 Moved to Orlando when the Martin Company opened here; 33:28 Retired from Martin Marietta in 1988, about 30 years; 33:46 Keeping in touch with friends made while in the service; 34:16 Friend made in Army, and their friendship; 35:01 Married wife in 1950 after Army; 35:41 Discussion of adopted and biological children; 36:01 Discussion of his sketches and cartoons; 52:42 Showing video of his military career prepared by his son-in-law and daughter.

Date of Birth


Place of Birth

Baltimore (Md.)




White - Non Hispanic

Home State


War or Conflict

World War II



Begin/End date of Service - 1st



Video; MovingImage


Entrance into Service


Branch of Service

U.S. Army

Unit of Service

1303rd Service Unit, 377th Station Hospital

Location of Service

Fort Lee (Va.); Fort Louis (Wash.); Oahu (Hawaii); Korea

Highest Rank

Technical Sergeant; TSgt

Prisoner of War


Service Related Injury





Good Conduct Medal; American Theater Medal; American Defense Service Medal; Asiatic Pacific Theater Ribbon; World War II Victory Ribbon


Reception Center Dispensary clerk, Sick call assistant, Troop Train Escort, Cartoonist for Camp Publication, Administrative NCO


Not applicable

City of Birth


Country of Birth

United States


McGinnis, Anthony

Interview Date


Location of Interview

Veteran's home.


Reus, J. Frederick; World War, 1939-1945 -- Personal narratives; Cartoons (Commentary) -- American -- 1940-1950; Drawing, American -- 20th century; United States. Army

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


McGinnis, Anthony

Length of Interview

76 Minutes


Department of History, University of Central Florida




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University of Central Florida Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives

Contributing Project

UCF Community Veterans History Project

Document Type