Oral History interview of Newton Chessin. Interview conducted by Heinz, Helen at Village on the Green in Longwood, FL.
0:01 Introduction; 0:42 Pre-Military Life/Family Background; 3:18 Education/Family's education/Family life during the Depression; 5:02 Pre-Military Employment; 6:00 Brother's wedding on December 7th 1941; 6:48 Brother's Draft notices; 8:04 Entering the V-12 program/Life during this training; 9:14 Boot Camp following V-12 program; 10:14 Difference between their V-12 unit and non-V-12 units during Boot Camp; 10:45 Rifle Range training; 12:00 Officer Candidate Applicants; 15:48 Officer Candidate School/Difference between Combat Veterans' Instructors and Instructors without Combat experience; 17:04 Leave in Washington D.C.; 18:33 Graduation from OCS/Story about promotion before Graduation; 19:56 Decision to join Field Artillery and Field Artillery School/ Learning to Drive and Horse-riding; 23:42 Accelerated training and preparing for Japan Invasion/Hearing about Atomic Bomb and end of the war; 25:07 Assignment to replace Marine units in Japan; 26:44 Sea Sickness and Illness on the transport ship; 27:26 Arrival in Japan; 28:40 Reuniting with his brother in Guam; 30:49 Service in China/Leave throughout China; 35:45 Mission in China; 37:30 Visit from Chinese Nationalist forces; 39:30 End of his service in China/Return Trip to the United States; 40:54 Discharge from the service/Return to community/GI Bill; 42:32 Return to Service notice from the Marine Corps/ Deferment from Service; 43:57 Employment with GE; 45:08 Leaving for Florida and working with Martin; 45:56 Personal Views about dropping atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki; 47:41 Family Life and Retirement; 48:35 Assessment of his military career; 49:50 Views about Chinese civilians; 50:40 Final Thoughts; 51:23 Conclusion
Date of Birth
Place of Birth
White - Non Hispanic
War or Conflict
World War II
Begin/End date of Service - 1st
Entrance into Service
Branch of Service
Unit of Service
7th Regiment, 1st Marine Division
Second Lieutenant; 2ndLt
Prisoner of War
Service Related Injury
Field artillery; Battery Executive officer.
City of Birth
Country of Birth
Location of Interview
Village on the Green, Longwood, FL.
Chessin, Newton; World War, 1939-1945 -- Personal narratives; United States. Marines
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, "Chessin, Newton interview" (2014). Veterans Oral Histories. 267.