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Oral History interview of Allan Stover. Interview conducted by Joshua Webb at Lake County, Florida.


0:16 Joke about being the "captain" of the head; 0:39 Birth date and birth place; 0:51 Talks about siblings; 1:35 Parents occupations; 2:35 Family who served; 2:53 Education before entering the service; 3:37 Reason for enlisting; 4:08 Timeframe in which he enlisted; 4:14 How he enlisted at fourteen; 5:50 Understanding of the end of the war and decisions for branch to join; 6:49 Reason for joining the Coast Guard; 8:25 Thoughts of the Coast Guard; 9:10 Location of training; 9:30 Adjusting to military service and experiences; 11:05 Weekend off with friends to New York; 13:50 Going to the Rec hall calling family; 14:35 Missing muster for guard duty; 16:25 Friends in basic try to get his real age; 17:10 Selecting a job and selecting duty station; 18:35 Working ship and a difficult superior; 21:00 Being stationed in Guam; 22:45 Volunteering for isolated duty in Palau; 26:00 Assigned to Florida and fell in love with Florida; 28:20 Staying in contact with family; 29:05 Feelings of the native Hawaiians about military; 29:35 Free time in the service; 32:50 Falls in love with female actor, meets her in Saudi Arabia; 34:04 Things to do while serving in Florida; 34:24 Interactions with native population in Hawaii and Palau; 36:20 Duty while stationed in Miami; 37:00 Doing jobs that allowed him to work alone; 40:33 Moves to Cleveland after discharge; 41:15 Works for civilian ship for a year; 42:45 Decides to go to college; 46:40 Applies for Pan Am; 48:30 Gets new job in the Philippines; 49:00 Goes to Vanderbilt to get a master's degree; 49:42 Employed by Westinghouse, travels the world; 51:50 Gets a job in Saudi Arabia; 52:40 Gets involved in church after wife passes away.

Date of Birth


Place of Birth

Cleveland (Ohio)




White - Non Hispanic

Home State


War or Conflict

Korean Conflict



Begin/End date of Service - 1st



Video; MovingImage


Entrance into Service


Branch of Service

U.S. Coast Guard

Unit of Service

Cutter Basswood; USCG Base Guam; Loran Station, Angaur Island, Palau, Caroline Islands; Cutter Androscoggin

Location of Service

Santa Rita (Guam); Angaur Island (Palau); Caroline Islands

Highest Rank

Seaman; SN

Prisoner of War


Service Related Injury





Overseas Service Ribbon; Sea Service Ribbon; Coast guard E Ribbon; National Defense Service Medal; Good Conduct Medal


"I falsified birth certificate and enlisted underage at age 14; served full enlistment and received an Honorable Discharge. All time except boot camp was overseas or shipboard service." - The Veteran.


"In 1991 I founded Veterans of Underage Military Service, Inc., a nonprofit C-19 veterans association with 2900 members nationwide who enlisted underage. I am author of Underage and Under Fire: Accounts of the youngest Americans in Military Service (McFarland Publishing, 2014). I received a BSEE in Electronic Engineering and was an engineer for 42 years. I received a Master of Science degree as Orrin Henry Ingram Scholar from Vanderbilt University. Member Korean War Veterans Association; Founder and first National Commander of Veterans of Underage Military Service, a national non-profit." - The Veteran.

City of Birth


Country of Birth

United States


Webb, Joshua

Interview Date

Fall 11-5-2015

Location of Interview

Lake County, FL.


Stover, Allan C.; Korean War, 1950-1953 -- Personal Narratives; United States. Coast Guard

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


Webb, Joshua

Length of Interview

70 Minutes


Department of History, University of Central Florida




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University of Central Florida Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives

Contributing Project

UCF Community Veterans History Project

Document Type