Oral History interview of Thomas Dennis III. Interview conducted by Davis, Jennifer at Cocoa Beach, FL.
0:26 General Background Information; 3:22 Education; 3:50 Enlistment; 6:25 Military/Bootcamp Life; 9:57 Service Life; 14:40 Typical Day; 15:35 Work Duties; 18:14 USS Observation Island; 19:17 Meeting his wife; 22:52 Polaris Missile; 26:29 Post-Service Life; 28:35 Transition from military to civilian life; 29:48 Keeping in touch with fellow servicemen; 31:05 Facebook page created; 33:29 Value of reunions; 34:23 How military experience impacted his life; 38:05 Advice on enlisting; 41:15 Final Thoughts; 42:21 Thanks and Outro.
Date of Birth
Place of Birth
White - Non Hispanic
War or Conflict
Cold War Era
Begin/End date of Service - 1st
Entrance into Service
Branch of Service
Unit of Service
USS Observation Island (EAG 154)
Prisoner of War
Service Related Injury
See video for details.
City of Birth
Country of Birth
Location of Interview
Cocoa Beach, FL.
Dennis III, Thomas H.; Cold War -- Personal Narratives; United States. Navy
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, "Dennis III, Thomas H. interview" (2016). Veterans Oral Histories. 456.