Oral History interview of Frank DuRant. Interview conducted by Negy, Kenneth Alarcon at Seminole County Public Library in Longwood, FL.
0:48 Born and raised in Florida; 1:43 Enlisted with best friend; 2:15 Knowledge of the Axis powers before attack on Pearl Harbor; 5:10 Basic training; 6:50 Aviation training; 7:35 Decision to go into photo reconnaissance; 8:40 Photo reconnaissance training; 10:22 Movement after training; 11:05 Life in Manila and Okinawa; 14:27 First recon mission; 16:55 Description of photo recon planes; 20:17 First pictures of aftermath of atomic bomb; 20:55 Why we fight; 21:43 Experiences immediately after the war; 24:15 Perceptions of Japanese; 25:58 Thoughts on atomic bombs; 26:53 Returning to the USA; 30:01 Final thoughts.
Date of Birth
Place of Birth
Coconut Grove (Fla.)
White - Non Hispanic
War or Conflict
World War II
Begin/End date of Service - 1st
Entrance into Service
Branch of Service
Unit of Service
25th Photo Reconnaissance Squadron; 8th Photo Reconnaissance Squadron
Prisoner of War
Service Related Injury
Photographed aftermath of Atomic bomb.
City of Birth
Country of Birth
Negy, Kenneth Alarcon
Location of Interview
Seminole County Public Library in Longwood, Fla.
DuRant, Frank H.; 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
Negy, Kenneth Alarcon
Length of Interview
Department of History, University of Central Florida
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Frank, DuRant H., "DuRant, Frank H. interview" (2013). Veterans Oral Histories. 279.