Oral History interview of Charles Kitching. Interview conducted by Anglin, Alexander at Mr. Kitching's Home in New Smryna Beach, FL.
0:05 First days of service; 0:27 Camp Blanding, Florida; 0:34 Basic Training; 0:50 How basic training was remembered; 1:13 Locations stationed overseas; 1:29 Previous international travel experience; 1:36 Expectations of being sent overseas; 1:51 Arriving in France; 2:06 Job while in military - Scout in Infantry squad; 2:25 Daily routine while in service; 2:50 Most memorable moment - Crossing Rhine River; 3:15 Medals awarded during service; 3:55 How contact at home was maintained; 4:28 Entertainment while on the front; 4:55 When military service ended; 5:10 Locations for second enlistment; 6:08 What he did upon returning home for the second time; 6:25 How each return visit was compared to the others; 6:52 What he did academically upon returning home; 7:34 Maintain contact with fellow soldiers; 7:44 occupation after military service ended; 7:59 Military experience and how it influenced his opinion on military; 8:40 Overseas experience and how it affected his life; 9:20 Additional information; 10:20 Honor Air Program; 11:50 Birth place and date; 12:25 Family size; 12:35 Parents occupations; 12:55 Means to joining military; 13:15 Age when enlisting; 13:20 Division served in - 89th Infantry; 13:52 How World War I Veteran advised him regarding World War II; 14:25 Growing up during the Great Depression; 15:40 French Legion of Honor award ceremony; 17:40 Dropping atomic bombs on Japan saved him from being sent to Japan; 18:30 Friends from service, their occupation.
Date of Birth
Place of Birth
White - Non Hispanic
War or Conflict
World War II
Begin/End date of Service - 1st
Branch of Service
Unit of Service
354 Information Regulation 89th Division
Location of Service
Camp Blanding (Fla.); France
Staff Sergeant; SSG
Prisoner of War
Service Related Injury
Combat Infantryman; Badge Bronze Star Medal
See video for details.
City of Birth
Country of Birth
Location of Interview
Mr. Kitching's Home in New Smryna Beach, FL.
Kitching, Charles J.; 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
Length of Interview
Department of History, University of Central Florida
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Charles, Kitching J., "Kitching, Charles J. interview" (2015). Veterans Oral Histories. 342.