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Oral history interview with Dr. John Pellosie. Interview conducted by Sebastian Munoz at Winter Park, Florida on June 21, 2017.


0:01 Introduction; 0:39 Date and place of birth; 0:44 Occupations of parents; 0:51 Description of siblings; 1:05 Description of childhood; 1:20 Education prior to military service; 1:39 Work experience prior to service; 2:34 Experience of hearing about Pearl Harbor attack; 2:58 Experience with the draft; 4:20 Basic training; 5:14 Transfer to Fort Monmouth; 6:10 Aviation training; 7:05 Career selection for Radio Operator; 9:50 Assignment and description of squadron; 12:10 Description of assigned plane; 13:19 Job in Saipan; 14:38 Description of life aboard a bomber; 17:00 Description of a dangerous mission over Japan; 19:11 Discussion of firebombing missions; 22:30 Description of how missions could vary; 23:44 Experiences engaging with Japanese fighter planes; 26:00 Recounting of an off-the-book mission with cousin; 27:27 Description of A-Bomb training; 29:26 Experiences at Iwo Jima; 34:44 Description of Okinawa; 35:15 Description of people of Tinian; 37:26 Entertainment on Saipan; 38:23 Description of commanding officers; 38:59 Contact with family while deployed; 39:35 Description of a post-mission interrogation process; 43:35 Success rate of missions; 44:45 Humorous incident with squad gunner in shower; 45:57 Description of relationship with Japanese civilians; 47:48 Relationship with fellow service members; 52:07 Length of time spent in Saipan; 53:10 Reaction to A-Bomb drop; 53:42 Reaction to victory over Japan; 54:12 Supply drops to POWs; 55:02 Additional description of food on Saipan; 56:02 Reaction of soldiers to the end of war; 56:54 Process of becoming a deacon; 1:02:19 Serving as chaplain at recruit center; 1:04:27 Working construction after war's end; 1:06:09 College with the G.I. Bill; 1:07:52 Medical School discrimination; 1:09:44 Osteopathic School; 1:13:56 Establishing a new hospital; 1:14:50 Acceptance to NYU Orthopedics; 1:17:11 Service as Intelligence Officer in Air Force Reserves; 1:17:58 Continued contact with old service members; 1:20:17 Recounting an incident of dislodging a stuck bomb from the plane; 1:22:35 Experience being offered a commission from the Navy; 1:25:50 Moving to Florida; 1:32:35 Retirement from Navy; 1:33:44 Description of how military career could have gone differently; 1:34:46 Current family life; 1:36:20 Closing words; 1:36:35 End of interview.

Date of Birth


Place of Birth

Paterson (N.J.)





Home State

New Jersey

War or Conflict

World War II



Begin/End date of Service - 1st



Video; MovingImage


Entrance into Service


Branch of Service

U.S. Air Force

Unit of Service

877th Bomb Squadron, 20th Air Force B-29 Bombers

Location of Service

Fort Dix (N.J.); Saipan; Japan; Orlando (Fla.)

Highest Rank

Captain; CAPT

Prisoner of War


Service Related Injury



Battle of Iwo Jima; Battle of Okinawa; Bombing of Tokyo


Good Conduct Medal


Specialize in Radio Operator Mechanic work.


Awarded Air Force medal. Served in the Navy from 1980-2012 as a Captain.

City of Birth


Country of Birth

United States


Munoz, Sebastian

Interview Date

Summer 6-21-2017

Location of Interview

Winter Park, FL.


Pellosie, John; World War, 1939-1945 -- Personal Narratives; United States. Air Force

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


Munoz, Sebastian

Length of Interview

97 Minutes


Department of History, University of Central Florida




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University of Central Florida Libraries, Special Collections & University Archives

Contributing Project

UCF Community Veterans History Project

Document Type