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Oral History interview of William House. Interview conducted by Bradfield, Daniel at the University of Central Florida in Orlando, FL.


0:01 Introduction; 0:44 Early Life; 1:09 Siblings; 1:40 Parents' Careers; 2:15 Abandonment by parents; 3:05 Maid's guardianship; 3:42 Life on the Dairy Farm; 4:50 The outcome of his father's farm; 5:36 Family members in the service; 7:11 Reconnected with Father; 8:08 Education experience while growing up and kidnapping; 9:38 Day to Day routine at the Academy; 11:04 How the routine changed from year to year; 11:45 Disinterest in graduation/ discussion of the rigidity of school; 13:47 Comprehensive Examination and conclusion of high school; 15:04 Education at the various colleges; 16:23 Decision to join the US Navy; 17:01 Flying in Biplane with Uncle; 18:02 Process of joining the US Navy; 19:57 Transportation to Basic Training/Experience in Basic Training; 21:10 Assignment in San Diego/Meeting first wife; 22:35 Annulment while in service/Re-marriage to first wife; 23:45 Occupation in the US Navy; 25:48 Blockade in Palestine; 31:41 Service in the USS Power; 32:21 Service in Trieste and Italy; 38:29 NROTC unit and officer shuffle due to Jim Crow laws; 39:49 Assignment to Bainbridge, Maryland/ intentional failure of IT school; 42:19 Housing in Bainbridge/ Role in Bainbridge, Maryland; 43:57 Service with USS Wisconsin; 45:36 Decommissioning of USS Wisconsin/ role in the de-commissioning; 46:09 Assignment to USS Little Rock/ Conflicts with Chief Masters at Arms; 47:59 Transfer to Submarine Department and Submarine training; 49:16 Difference in culture between Submarine and Surface ships; 51:53 Special Operations while on the USS Power; 57:13 Overhaul of USS Tiru/ Role in electrical rewiring; 58:27 Recruitment into the Nuclear Power program/ difference between Diesel and Nuclear Submarines; 61:38 Navigational Training/ Assignment differences between Ethan Allen-Tiru; 66:45 Operation Dominic; 72:50 Instructor at Damneck; 73:58 Created Advanced Contouring Navigational System/ Satellite Tracking System; 76:12 Reviewing Technical Manuals; 77:48 Effectiveness of Satellite Tracking Navigational System/ Errors in Previous System in Pacific Command; 80:32 Retirement; 81:48 Post-Navy employment; 82:27 Assessment of Naval Career; 83:02 Moving to Florida and Retirement; 83:41 Veteran's organizations; 84:46 Conclusion.

Date of Birth


Place of Birth

Atlanta (Ga.)




White - Non Hispanic

Home State


War or Conflict

Cold War Era; Vietnam War; Korean Conflict



Begin/End date of Service - 1st



Video; MovingImage


Entrance into Service


Branch of Service

U.S. Navy

Unit of Service

U.S.S. Power DD-839, Destroyer; U.S.S. Wisconsin BB-64, Battleship; U.S.S. Tiru SS-416, Diesel Submarine; U.S.S. Ethan Allen SSBN-608, Atomic Submarine; U.S.S. Orion AS-18, Submarine Repair

Location of Service

U.S.S. Power (DD-839); U.S.S. Wisconsin (BB-64); U.S.S. Tiru (SS-416); U.S.S. Ethan Allen (SSBN-608); U.S.S. Orion (AS-18)

Highest Rank

Commander; CDR

Prisoner of War


Service Related Injury





Navy Commendation Medal; Navy Achievement Medal; Good Conduct Medal; Combat Service Commemorative Medal; Overseas Medal; Navy Expeditionary Medal; American Defense Service Medal; World War II Occupation Medal; National Defense Service Medal; Vietnam Service Medal; Korean Service Medal; Cold War Victory Commemorative Military Medal; Foreign Expeditionary Service Medal; Navy Service Commemorative Military Medal; United Nations Service Medal for Korea for Korea; Republic Of Korea War Service Medal; United Nations Service Medal for Korea; Honorable Service Medal; Navy Commendation Service Medal; Navy Battle Efficiency Medal; Combat Action Ribbon; Navy “E“ Ribbon; Navy Antarctic Ribbon; Navy Meritorious Service Ribbon; Navy Unit Commendation Ribbon; Navy Recruiting Ribbon; Navy Recruiting Training Ribbon


Celestial navigation; Inertial navigation; Communications; Training.


“Served in Korea, Cold War, and Vietnam (Wants to focus interview on Cold War); Sustained combat-related injuries; Raised by grandfather on large dairy farm; Attended Georgia Military Academy, now Reinhardt College; Entered US Navy 1847-1977; Married 2 or 3 times, married same woman twice, next wife after I retired from Navy; Worked in D.C area 1978-1995, Data design lab, Vitro Corporation: Main job- tracking all technical manuals aboard all missile submarines for both U.S and U.K; 2nd job: insuring all manuals are correct and RGL 12(Reading Grade Level 12 year Education); 3rd job: Technical training of Inertial Navigation Personnel; 4th job: Think tank for Vitro Corp. Awarded the Navy Achievement Medal three times; Awarded the Good Conduct Medal four times.“ - The Veteran.

City of Birth


Country of Birth

United States


Bradfield, Daniel

Interview Date


Location of Interview

the University of Central Florida in Orlando, FL.


House, William L.; Cold War -- Personal Narratives; Korean War, 1950-1953 -- 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


Bradfield, Daniel

Length of Interview

85 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