Oral History interview of Walter Nelson. Interview conducted by Dorsey, Dennis at Village on the Green, Longwood, FL.
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
Place of Birth
White - Non Hispanic
War or Conflict
World War II
Begin/End date of Service - 1st
Entrance into Service
Branch of Service
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
Prisoner of War
Service Related Injury
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
See video for details.
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
Country of Birth
Location of Interview
Village on the Green, Longwood, FL.
Nelson, Walter C.; World War, 1939-1945 -- Personal narratives; Prisoners of War -- 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
Length of Interview
Department of History, University of Central Florida
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Central Florida, RICHES of, "Nelson, Walter C. interview" (2015). Veterans Oral Histories. 382.