Oral History interview of T Kafka. Interview conducted by Gradi, Frank J. at Mrs. Kafka's home in Orlando, FL.
0:30 Date of Birth, Upbringing; 2:00 Family influence and opinions; 2:30 Misconceptions of service; 3:00 Brother who disowned her for service; 4:20 Education background; 6:10 Training; 7:15 Memorable hospital experience; 8:15 Training; 10:00 WAAC; 12:00 WWII duties; 13:45 Promotion to Sergeant; 15:00 Information education; 15:40 Free time; 16:30 Missouri flophouse; 17:45 Active social life; 20:00 Best friend; 21:00 Segregation; 22:40 Dear John; 24:30 Lesbians; 25:10 Pregnancy, and pregnancy testing; 27:50 Suicide; 30:10 Thoughts on the draft; 33:00 "Legs on the floor" rule; 36:00 Promotion to Lieutenant; 38:00 Fort Lee; 39:20 CBRN; 41:30 Segregation; 43:30 Reasoning behind no overseas service; 45:30 Being "engaged"; 47:00 Meeting husband; 49:00 "Growing up" because of military; 49:40 Becoming a lawyer; 54:30 Never look back; 56:15 Finishing law school; 57:10 Becoming a teacher; 58:00 Getting a doctorate; 58:30 Picking a thesis; 64:00 Egypt; 67:10 Foreign bathrooms.
Date of Birth
Place of Birth
White - Non Hispanic
War or Conflict
World War II; Korean Conflict
Begin/End date of Service - 1st
Begin/End date of Service - 3rd
Entrance into Service
Branch of Service
Location of Service
Missouri; Kansas; Michigan; Korea; Fort Lee (Va.)
Sergeant; SGT; First Lieutenant; 1LT
Prisoner of War
Service Related Injury
Good Conduct Medal
See video for details.
Women's Army Corps; Army Air Force.
City of Birth
Country of Birth
Gradi, Frank J.
Location of Interview
Mrs. Kafka's home in Orlando, FL.
Kafka-Newman, T. Toby; World War, 1939-1945 -- Personal narratives; Korean War, 1950-1953 -- Personal Narratives; Women and the military -- United States; 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
Gradi, Frank J.
Length of Interview
Department of History, University of Central Florida
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Central Florida, RICHES of, "Kafka-Newman, T. Toby interview" (2015). Veterans Oral Histories. 366.