Oral History interview of Charles White. Interview conducted by Webb, Joshua at Leesburg, FL.
0:32 Birth place and date; 0:45 Growing up and Florida food industry; 1:33 Siblings; 1:48 Children's games; 2:15 Parent's occupations; 3:00 Age at the onset of Korean War; 3:30 Education before entering the service; 4:35 Joining the Marines; 5:22 Family history in the military; 6:53 Family reaction to joining the Marines; 7:18 Leaving home to enter the Marines; 8:41 First thought of Boot Camp; 9:23 Routine at Boot Camp; 11:55 Assigned job; 13:05 Training during Boot Camp; 13:56 Additional training to fight in Korea; 14:45 Communicating with family while in training; 15:42 Traveling from California to Korea in a ship; 17:03 Impressions of Korea; 17:48 Duties in Korea; 18:28 Entertainment in Korea; 19:35 Interactions with Korean; 20:42 Units of assignment during service; 22:08 Reassigned to Special Forces unit; 23:24 Feelings when leaving Korea; 24:05 Medals; 24:52 Nearly shoots an officer; 26:42 Getting out of line and punishment; 27:22 Last weeks in the service; 28:08 Reception on return the States; 29:32 Jobs after the service; 30:40 Effect being in the service had on employment; 31:00 Lesson learned from the military; 31:14 Veterans organizations; 31:50 Being in reserve status; 32:20 Advice for people contemplating the military; 33:27 Korean War Vet organization activities in the community; 34:09 Conclusion.
Date of Birth
Place of Birth
War or Conflict
Begin/End date of Service - 1st
Entrance into Service
Branch of Service
Unit of Service
1st Marine Division; 4.2 Mortar Company while at Camp Pendleton, California before discharge
Location of Service
South Carolina; Camp Pendleton (Calif.); Korea
Prisoner of War
Service Related Injury
Good Conduct Medal; Korean Presidential Unit Citation; United Nations Service Medal for Korea
See video for details.
Reserves for five years after service.
City of Birth
Country of Birth
Location of Interview
White, Charles; Korean War, 1950-1953 -- Personal Narratives; United States. Marines
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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Charles, White, "White, Charles interview" (2016). Veterans Oral Histories. 443.