Oral History interview of Thelma Emerson. Interview conducted by Cannon, Joan at Village on the Green in Longwood, FL.
0:01 Introduction; 0:49 Childhood; 1:54 Education; 3:07 Family Members in Military Service; 4:56 Ancestry/Civil War Service; 6:45 Employment Prior to Military; 8:46 Ft. Leavenworth Veterans Hospital; 9:21 Decision to Join Navy; 10:28 Gaining Commission; 10:53 Training in San Diego; 12:10 Medical Ward and Corpsman Aids; 13:08 Patient and Nurses Housing; 14:08 Favorite Story from Hospital; 15:54 Where Hospital Patients Came From; 16:50 Responsibilities of Hospital (Types of Care Provided); 18:06 Length of Service and Extension of Service; 18:41 Meeting Husband and Marriage; 19:25 Leaving Navy and Return to Civilian Life; 19:48 First Child; 20:10 Life as a Navy Wife; 21:20 Number of Children; 22:11 U.S.S Enterprise Incident; 24:05 Places Lived While Husband was in Navy; 24:40 Husband Vietnam Missions; 25:37 Volunteer Nursing While Raising Children; 26:06 What Service Meant to You; 26:57 Children's Careers and Military Service; 28:09 Retirement to Florida; 28:45 Death of Husband; 29:29 Feelings on Young People Considering Service; 30:23 Conclusion.
Date of Birth
Place of Birth
White - Non Hispanic
War or Conflict
Begin/End date of Service - 1st
Entrance into Service
Branch of Service
Location of Service
San Diego (Calif.)
Lieutenant Junior Grade; LTJG
Prisoner of War
Service Related Injury
See video for details.
City of Birth
Country of Birth
Location of Interview
Village on the Green, Longwood, FL.
Emerson, Thelma L.; Korean War, 1950-1953 -- Personal Narratives; Women and the military -- United States; United States. Navy
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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Thelma, Emerson L., "Emerson, Thelma L. interview" (2014). Veterans Oral Histories. 280.