Oral History interview of Woodie Wood, Jr. Interview conducted by Campbell, Tyler at Lake County, FL.
0:01 Birth and family; 0:31 Family in military; 2:41 Lying to enter the military; 4:23 Family Reaction to joining military; 4:53 Basic training; 7:19 Assignment after basic; 7:40 Training while in the 24th Infantry; 9:00 Moving to Japan; 9:40 Start of hostilities in Korea; 10:33 Activities while in Japan; 12:00 What Korea was like at the onset of the war; 12:25 Feelings on arrival to Korea; 12:55 General teaches troops how to deal with tanks; 14:20 Moves forward, deals with guerrilla fighters; 16:43 Setting up defensive foxholes; 17:40 Food and water supplies while on the front; 19:10 Fighting during the push; 20:35 Hearing people at night; 21:31 Tanks take out machine gun nests and sniper; 23:35 Meets the tanker 40 years later; 25:30 Shooting at a shack; 26:35 Getting injured; 28:05 creates impromptu raft and floats down the river; 29:50 Accidentally draws attention of Korean soldiers; 30:40 Falls in crater, hides from Korean soldiers; 32:15 Gets patched up, sent to Pusan medical boat; 33:35 Flying back to the states; 34:50 Resting in Hawaii; 35:20 VA problems; 36:35 Problems with the President; 38:53 Raising a family; 40:00 Sacrificing for the country; 41:30 Keeping people in the military; 43:15 Recovering at a hospital in the states; 44:50 Transferring to Georgia; 46:38 Drivers license in Georgia; 47:50 Moving between Georgia and Florida; dairy farming; 49:30 Communicating with family; 47:15 Working after the military; 51:48 Works as a contractor; 56:20 Medals and awards; 57:05 Shipping things home from Japan; 1:00:10 Veterans groups; 1:01:25 Advice for people joining the military; 1:03:50 Difference between the military of the past and today; 1:04:25 Benefits of the military; 1:05:15 Paying taxes; 1:05:45 Firing VA workers; 1:07:45 Prison and punishment; 1:08:30 Helping people in need; 1:09:40 Promises made to the service members; 1:11:35 Grandson injured in the CIA; 1:14:20 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
24th Infantry 19th Regiment
Location of Service
Beppu (Japan); Fort Jackson (S.C.); Hot Springs (Ark.); Fort Dix (N.J.)
Prisoner of War
Service Related Injury
Purple Heart; Combat Infantryman Badge
See video for details.
"Lied to get in the army, was 16. First group sent to Korea When war started. Was shot in Korea." - The interviewer.
City of Birth
Country of Birth
Location of Interview
Lake County, FL
Wood Jr., Bryant; Korean War, 1950-1953 -- 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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Central Florida, RICHES of, "Wood Jr., Bryant interview" (2016). Veterans Oral Histories. 453.