Oral History interview of Marvin Smiley. Interview conducted by Alex Thorp at Lady Lakes Library, Lake County, FL.
0:03 Introduction; 0:34 Birth date and location; 0:45 Growing up in Fort Lauderdale; 1:09 Siblings; 1:49 Parent's occupation; 3:32 High School; 4:03 Entering the Navy; 4:45 Being sent to California; 5:21 Family in the Military; 6:22 Reaction to learning about start of Korean War; 7:04 Initial training; 8:24 Reserves; 8:52 Active duty; 10:42 Ford Island; 11:02 Going to Korea; 12:01 Sleeping on the plane on the water; 13:02 Iwakuni bar; 14:27 Duties in Japan; 15:28 Shot by two migs; 16:52 Daily Patrols; 17:22 Spare time; 17:55 Communication with Family; 18:58 Reaction to armistice being signed; 20:12 Most memorable experiences in the Navy; 22:02 Hong Kong; 23:53 Going to San Diego in between tours; 24:25 Squadron relationship; 26:05 Leaving the Navy; 26:23 Transition to civilian life; 26:45 Reception by the community upon; 27:30 Return Working for Southern Bell; 29:26 Military affecting getting a civilian job; 30:25 Meeting his Wife and her employment; 32:02 Lessons from the military/ memorable experiences; 33:00 Veterans groups; 34:02 Words of advice for someone wanting to join the military; 34:41 Pictures from time in the military; 37:48 Conclusion.
Date of Birth
Place of Birth
Fort Lauderdale (Fla.)
War or Conflict
Begin/End date of Service - 1st
Entrance into Service
Branch of Service
Unit of Service
Patrol Squadron 50
Location of Service
Aviation Electronics Technician Petty Officer 3rd Class; AT3
Prisoner of War
Service Related Injury
National Defense Medal; United Nations Service Medal for Korea for Korea; Air Medal; Korean Ambassador for Peace Medal
See video for details.
City of Birth
Country of Birth
Location of Interview
Lady Lakes Library, Lake County, FL.
Smiley, Marvin; Korean War, 1950-1953 -- 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
Length of Interview
Department of History, University of Central Florida
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University of Central Florida Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives
UCF Community Veterans History Project
Marvin, Smiley R., "Smiley, Marvin R. interview" (2015). Veterans Oral Histories. 388.