Oral History interview of Richard Laur. Interview conducted by Samuel Stevenson at Veteran's Residence.
0:01 Introduction; 0:35 Hometown and early life; 1:00 Siblings; 1:42 Life in Baltimore; 2:32 Education; 3:41 Camping in Baltimore; 4:34 Family in the military; 5:30 Pearl Harbor; 6:59 Reasons for enlisting in the military; 8:04 Basic training; 9:15 Engine specialist school in Detroit; 10:21 First deployment in World War II; 11:30 Traveling to Hawaii; 13:19 Working on planes; 15:05 Being attacked while working on planes; 16:19 Crew mates; 19:35 Fighting in the Philippines; 20:28 Flying into Nagasaki, Japan; 21:39 Taking photographers in the plane; 24:47 Interacting with locals in Japan; 27:02 Post-war activities; 27:55 Starting a family; 29:32 Being Catholic in the military; 31:04 Reflections; 31:35 Post-war jobs; 34:35 Medals and honors; 37:05 Conclusion.
Date of Birth
Place of Birth
White - Non Hispanic
War or Conflict
World War II
Begin/End date of Service - 1st
Entrance into Service
Branch of Service
Unit of Service
317th Troop Carrier Group; 41st Troop Carrier Squadron
Location of Service
New Guinea; Leyte Gulf (Philippines); Okinawa (Japan); Nagasaki (Japan); Korea
Prisoner of War
Service Related Injury
Battle of Leyte; Battle of Mindoro; Battle of Luzon
The veteran is an air-crewman on a C-47 transport aircraft. His plane was one of those which carried photographers over Hiroshima to document the after effect of the bomb.
"Dates for leaving service are estimated. Information about when he retired are unknown. Mr. Laur's son had to help guide him through the interview." -- The interviewer.
City of Birth
Country of Birth
Location of Interview
Veterans home in Orlando, FL.
Laur, Richard; World War, 1939-1945 -- 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, "Laur, Richard interview" (2017). Veterans Oral Histories. 569.