Streaming Media

Description

Oral History interview of Sam Whitaker. Interview conducted by Whitaker, Sam at Cocoa Beach, FL.

Log

0:01 Introduction; 0:30 Family Life; 0:53 Education; 1:15 Entering the military; 1:35 Family reaction/influence; 2:15 Bootcamp; 3:20 Joined Observation Island with friends; 4:50 Duties aboard Observation Island; 5:45 Most memorable event; 6:20 Relationship with other soldiers; 7:00 Letters to family/wife; 7:20 Food; 7:40 Entertainment/free time; 8:12 Humorous events; 9:30 Visiting Hawaii; 9:45 Leaving the service; 10:07 Civilian life/education; 10:30 Thoughts on service; 11:00 Reading letter he wrote to wife; 15:20 Coming home; 16:15 Storekeeper story; 19:25 Reception upon homecoming; 19:50 End.

Date of Birth

1947-03-04

Place of Birth

Bowling Green (Ky.)

Gender

Male

Race

White - Non Hispanic

Home State

Kentucky

War or Conflict

Cold War Era

Status

Veteran

Begin/End date of Service - 1st

1966-03-04

1970-03-04

Entrance into Service

Enlisted

Branch of Service

U.S. Navy

Unit of Service

USNS Observation Island

Location of Service

Cape Canaveral (Fla.)

Highest Rank

Petty Officer

Prisoner of War

No

Service Related Injury

No

Battles

Unspecified

Medals

Unspecified

Achievements

Shopkeeper, drove truck with supplies.

Note

Not applicable

City of Birth

Bowling Green

Country of Birth

United States

Interviewer

Whitaker, Sam

Interview Date

3-16-2016

Location of Interview

Cocoa Beach, FL.

Subjects

Whitaker, Sam; Cold War -- Personal Narratives; United States. Navy

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

Contributors

Whitaker, Sam

Length of Interview

20 Minutes

Publisher

Department of History, University of Central Florida

Type

Video; MovingImage

Rights

All rights are held by the respective holding institution. This material is posted publicly for non-profit educational uses, excluding printed publication. For permission to reproduce and/or for copyright information contact Special Collections and University Archives, University of Central Florida Libraries, (407) 823-2576. http://library.ucf.edu/about/departments/special-collections-university-archives/

Repository

University of Central Florida Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives

Contributing Project

UCF Community Veterans History Project

Document Type

Interview

Semester

Spring


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