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Oral History interview of James A. Doyle. Interview conducted by Luciana Gomez in Lake Mary, FL.


0:01 Introduction; 0:48 How he enlisted; 2:06 How he chose the army; 3:05 Training camp; 3:24 Training school; 3:48 French schooling; 4:30 Assigning to photo intelligence; 5:23 Birthday; 5:39 Stirring the conversation; 6:08 Siblings in the military?; 6:38 Served family members; 7:07 Training; 9:09 Training for photo interpreter; 9:59 Time in Australia; 12:26 Steps leading to Australia; 13:11 Returning home and enlisting; 14:10 Family moving to Germany; 15:06 Life in Germany; 16:23 Duties in Germany; 17:37 Experiences in Germany; 18:03 Wife's departure; 19:08 Visiting old house in Germany; 20:31 Meeting German woman; 21:43 Language schooling; 22:14 How he was chosen to serve in Germany; 23:23 Military camp in the Philippines; 24:12 Aerial photography duties in the Philippines; 25:02 Mosaic of Serbia; 26:51 Hiroshima pictures; 27:20 Fortunate to not experience combat; 28:01 Importance of interpreting photos; 29:24 Opportunity to get a raise; 30:02 Kernel House; 31:26 German welcoming; 32:14 German friend; 33:18 Officer training; 34:20 Typical day as an officer; 35:40 Photo Interpreting in the Army; 36:20 Amount of time in Germany; 37:10 Coming home; 38:01 Release from the Army Reserve; 39:02 Civilian work; 40:40 Most memorable experience; 41:17 Accepting the end of the war; 42:08 Coming home; 43:42 Happy to start new civilian life; 44:15 Friends in the military; 45:35 Citation; 46:48 Marriage; 47:38 Old friends from Europe; 48:12 Catholic press association; 49:45 Irish background; 50:28 Veteran affairs; 51:10 Military skills in civilian life; 52:13 Children; 53:09 Copies and thanks.

Date of Birth


Place of Birth

Pittsburgh (Pa.)




White - Non Hispanic

Home State


War or Conflict

World War II



Begin/End date of Service - 1st



Video; MovingImage


Entrance into Service


Branch of Service

U.S. Army

Unit of Service

Allied Geographical Service, Military Intelligence Section, General Headquarters, United States Army Forces in the Pacific and Southwest Pacific Area; Military Intelligence Section, Seventh Army, Frankfurt and Stuttgart, Germany

Location of Service

Fort Bragg (N. C.); Brisbane (Australia); Melbourne (Australia); Manila (Philippines); Frankfurt (Germany); Stuttgart (Germany)

Highest Rank

Master Sergeant; MSG

Prisoner of War


Service Related Injury





Good Conduct Medal; American Service Medal; Asiatic–Pacific Campaign Medal; Philippine Liberation Ribbon; World War II Victory Medal; Army of Occupation Medal


"I was Chief Aerial Photo Interpreter in the Military Intelligence Section of the Army’s Pacific forces at General Douglas MacArthur’s headquarters in Brisbane and Melbourne, Australia, and later in Manila, P.I. I directed a team which studied, interpreted and annotated Air Corps pictures and produced photo maps of target areas for Army invasion forces. We published large Terrain Study books and smaller handbooks for our invading forces, recording data such as enemy installations, moon phases, tide tables, habitations and other important information for our Army’s invading forces in the Pacific." -- The veteran.


"I was released from active duty after World War II on 28 January 1946, but I then joined the Army Reserve to get more money for our growing family. I had been commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant and was surprised to be recalled, in June 1951 during the Korean War emergency, and was sent to Germany as part of the U. S. buildup in Europe in case of World War III. I was an MI officer with Seventh Army HQ, Stuttgart, but worked with Fifth Corps, and lived with my family, in Frankfurt, Germany." -- The veteran.

City of Birth


Country of Birth

United States


Gomez, Luciana

Interview Date

Fall 10-17-2017

Location of Interview

Lake Mary, FL.


Doyle, James A.; World War, 1939-1945 -- Personal Narratives; United States. Army

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


Gomez, Luciana

Length of Interview

54 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