Streaming Media

Description

Oral History interview of Walter Nelson. Interview conducted by Dorsey, Dennis at Village on the Green, Longwood, FL.

Log

0:01 Introduction; 1:00 Childhood; 1:30 Sibling (15 Children); 1:50 Family reaction to serving in military; 2:15 Why enlist; 2:30Basic Training/ Camp Roberts, California; 4:30 Being on a Ship from Virginia to Italy; 5:55 Scout in Company I of the 103 Regiment, 34th Division; 7:05 Combat experience; 8:30 Being captured by German ambush; 9:45 POW Camp; 10:20 Being liberated from POW Camp; 12:05 Given 90 day leave/ Reuniting with family; 13:40 Being a Corporal in Washington DC; 15:00 Discharged December 1945/ Return to college; 15:24 Most Memorable Experience/ Prisoner of War; 16:23 Reception at home; 16:40 Transition to civilian life; 17:20 Military experience impact on post-war career; 17:50 Contact with fellow soldiers after service; 19:00 Military organization involvement; 19:28 Advice for prospective soldier; 19:42 Assessment of career in military/ Luck; 20:20 Conclusion.

Date of Birth

1924-03-19

Place of Birth

Racine (Wis.)

Gender

Male

Race

White - Non Hispanic

Home State

Wisconsin

War or Conflict

World War II

Status

Veteran

Begin/End date of Service - 1st

1943-01-01

1945-12-11

Entrance into Service

Enlisted

Branch of Service

U.S. Army

Unit of Service

3rd Platoon, I Company, 133rd Infantry Regiment, 34th Infantry Division; 89th Infantry Division; 300th Military Police Company

Location of Service

Camp Roberts (Calif.); Los Angeles (Calif.); Hunter Liggett Military Reservation (Calif.); Camp Butner (N.C.); Fort Benning (Ga.); Fort Meade (Md.); Tuscany (Italy); Cavallino-Treporti (Italy); Moosburg (Germany); Fort Sheridan (Ill.); Miami (Fla.); Fort Myers (Va.); Washington (D.C.); Stalag VII-A (Germany); European Theater

Highest Rank

Corporal; CPL

Prisoner of War

Yes

Service Related Injury

Unspecified

Battles

Unspecified

Medals

Bronze Star Medal; Good Conduct Medal; European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal; Victory Medal; Prisoner of War Medal; Expert Machine Gun Ribbon; American Theater Medal

Achievements

See video for details.

Note

The veteran was stationed in Tuscany, Italy. He served in the larger Apennine Mountains Campaign, and was captured in Cavallino, Italy. He was interned at Moosburg, Germany (Stalag VII-A). After his service, the veteran became an aerospace engineer at the Kennedy Space Center.

City of Birth

Racine

Country of Birth

United States

Interviewer

Dorsey, Dennis

Interview Date

7-14-2015

Location of Interview

Village on the Green, Longwood, FL.

Subjects

Nelson, Walter C.; World War, 1939-1945 -- Personal narratives; Prisoners of War -- United States; United States. Army

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

Contributors

Dorsey, Dennis

Length of Interview

21 Minutes

Publisher

Department of History, University of Central Florida

Type

Video; MovingImage

Rights

All rights are held by the respective holding institution. This material is posted publicly for non-profit educational uses, excluding printed publication. For permission to reproduce and/or for copyright information contact Special Collections and University Archives, University of Central Florida Libraries, (407) 823-2576. http://library.ucf.edu/about/departments/special-collections-university-archives/

Repository

University of Central Florida Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives

Contributing Project

UCF Community Veterans History Project

Document Type

Interview


Share

COinS