Oral History interview of John Byron. Interview conducted by Mersch, Catherine and Tuthill, Michael at University of Central Florida Library in Orlando.
0:01 Introduction; 0:30 Birth and childhood; 2:26 Parents Occupation; 5:10 Family Members in the Military; 6:38 Age when enlisted/ Reason for enlistment; 10:52 Boot Camp/ Great Lakes; 13:00 General Classification Test; 16:08 Memorable day at Boot Camp; 17:10 Fleet Sonar School at Key West; 20:00 SOSUS; 23:00 Other Service Locations; 25:55 Service in Vietnam; 28:00 Memorable experience at the University of Washington; 28:30 Missile Patrols; 29:16 Last Spec opp made by a diesel Submarine; 29:51 Life on a Submarine; 31:20 Reviewing The Hunt for Red October; 35:15 Attitude of Sailors on a Submarine; 38:40 Submarine training; 40:45 Promotion; 41:36 Specialized Submarine training; 46:50 National War College; 52:04 Being Faculty at the National War College; 54:05 University of Washington NESEP; 58:38 Writing for the Naval Institute; 1:02:23 Naval Ordinance Testing Unit; 1:10:00 Medals and Awards; 1:11:00 Looking for Job after Military Service; 1:13:24 On assignment in Brazil; 1:18:00 Board of Cocoa Beach; 1:19:00 Naval Submarine League and other memberships; 1:24:53 Lasting Lessons from Navy.
Date of Birth
Place of Birth
White - Non Hispanic
War or Conflict
Cold War Era
Begin/End date of Service - 1st
Entrance into Service
Branch of Service
Location of Service
Key West (Fla.); Vietnam; Seattle (Wash.); Brazil; Cocoa Beach (Fla.)
Chief Petty Officer; CPO; E-7; Captain; Capt
Prisoner of War
Service Related Injury
Legion of Merit
See video for details.
Retired as Captain (& former Chief Sonarman) in 1993 with 37 years continuous active duty. Qualified in Submarines & Surface Warfare; served in cruiser (plankowner) & 5 submarines. Shore assignments in program management, officer personnel, SOSUS, & Secretary of Navy staff. Commanding Officer, Naval Ordnance Test Unit, Cape Canaveral (1990-1993). Director of Navy Tests for the Eastern Range - 52 successful Trident missile launches. Faculty, Department of Military Strategy, The National War College (1988-1990). Commanding Officer, USS GUDGEON SS-567 (1979-1981). 11 squadron, type commander, & Navy-wide unit awards. Author of about 100 articles & essays for Navy's professional journal, US Naval Institute Proceedings. 1983 and 1992: Proceedings Writer of the Year. Prize-winning essays in US Naval Institute's Arleigh Burke Essay Contest (1998, 2002, 2004, 2005) & Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Strategic Essay Contest (1982- later published in Proceedings). Awarded Legions of Merit three times.
City of Birth
Country of Birth
Mersch, Catherine; Tuthill, Michael
Location of Interview
University of Central Florida Library in Orlando
Byron, John; Cold War -- Personal Narratives; 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
Mersch, Catherine; Tuthill, Michael
Length of Interview
Department of History, University of Central Florida
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John, Byron, "Byron, John interview" (2015). Veterans Oral Histories. 359.