Oral History interview of Vernon Frost. Interview conducted by Weeks, Andrew at Veteran's Son's Residence.
0:45 Lead in; 0:59 Early life and schooling; 4:05 Being drafted, early service, and mechanic training; 8:45 Personal and family's reaction to being drafted; 11:05 Promotion, routine, and overseas experiences; 15:05 Relationship with crew members, social like; 16:56 Injury, return home, night life; 22:30 Public experiences with officers; 22:50 Poker game with crew members and German attack; 26:36 Writing home and mail inspection; 28:43 Arming P-47s; 29:40 "Hell Hawks" missions; 33:35 Mechanic training; 39:00 Reflection on end of the war and subsequent education; 42:00 Reunions and awards; 46:50 Meeting Dorothy; 49:05 Post-military work and life.
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
Staff Sergeant; SSG
Prisoner of War
Service Related Injury
Bronze Star Medal; European Campaign Medal
Crew Chief for the P-47 Fighter bomber from June 6th 1944 to February 1945. Victory in Europe.
Strafed on Jan 1 1945, Injured jumping off of my P-47.
City of Birth
Country of Birth
Location of Interview
Veteran's Son's Residence
Frost, Vernon E.; World War, 1939-1945 -- Personal narratives; 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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Vernon, Frost E., "Frost, Vernon E. interview" (2014). Veterans Oral Histories. 423.