Streaming Media

Description

Oral History interview of Ski Wokosky. Interview conducted by Carpinone, Kevin at Cocoa Beach, FL.

Log

0:01 Introduction; 0:30 Family life; 1:42 Education; 2:33 Family influence/reaction; 3:05 Bootcamp/memorable experiences; 5:15 Advanced training/ Cape Canaveral; 6:58 Duties on Observation Island; 8:56 Average day in Observation Island; 9:32 Duties with Polaris Missile Launches; 10:44 Most memorable event; 12:30 Free time; 13:26 Communication with family and friends; 14:07 Military assignments; 15:17 30-60 day schools; 16:17 Impactful training; 17:15 Left service; 19:02 Apollo Project position; 22:43 Received when coming home; 24:15 Reflection on experience; 26:11 End.

Date of Birth

1943-07-12

Place of Birth

Quincy (Mass.)

Gender

Male

Race

White - Non Hispanic

Home State

Massachusetts

War or Conflict

Cold War Era

Status

Veteran

Begin/End date of Service - 1st

1961-02-16

1966-02-16

Entrance into Service

Enlisted

Branch of Service

U.S. Navy

Unit of Service

USS Observation Island; last 6 months spent in Orlando

Location of Service

Cape Canaveral (Fla.); Panama Johnston Island; Pearl Harbor (Hawaii); Philippines; Hong Kong (China)

Highest Rank

Electrician 3rd Class Petty Officer

Prisoner of War

No

Service Related Injury

No

Battles

Unspecified

Medals

Unspecified

Achievements

At Pacific Missile Range for a year

Note

"After leaving the Navy, worked for NASA; Benedicts Launch Saturn 5 Apollo project; in the VAB building and Launce Towers - in charge of the elevators. Got job because he was in charge of the elevator on Observation Island. Was on Observation Island when JFK was on board." - The interviewer.

City of Birth

Quincy

Country of Birth

United States

Interviewer

Carpinone, Kevin

Interview Date

3-16-2016

Location of Interview

Cocoa Beach, FL.

Subjects

Wokosky, Ski; 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

Carpinone, Kevin

Length of Interview

27 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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