Oral history interview of Everett Whitehead, conducted by John Grande in Orlando Florida on March 19th, 2018.
0:35 Family history and memories of childhood in Iowa; 3:40 Elementary education; 5:40 Why he enlisted in the Army; 7:17 Basic Training; 12:26 Liberty pass during basic; 16:30 Sent to advance Infantry training and later became a Combat Engineer; 17:00 Arrives in Japan for deployment following advanced training; 18:50 First impressions of Japan and interacting with the locals; 21:29 Describes a routine day while stationed in Japan; 22:20 Talks about his friends antics while in the service; 27:07 Keeping in contact with friends and family back in the U.S. while deployed; 34:09 Inter-service fraternization on and off post; 35:43 Returning to the United States after his service was over; 36:50 Discharge from the Army; 37:28 Readjusting to civilian life after the Army; 38:40 Using the GI bill to go to college after the service; 39:30 Employment history following the Army; 41:29 Keeping in touch with friends from the service; 43:18 Advice for those considering joining the service; 45:40 Conclusion.
Date of Birth
Place of Birth
Silver City (Iowa)
White - Non Hispanic
War or Conflict
Begin/End date of Service - 1st
Entrance into Service
Branch of Service
Unit of Service
802 Combat Engineers, SCARWARF Division/Program
Location of Service
Northeast Air Command; St. John's (Newfoundland); Keflavík (Iceland)
Prisoner of War
Service Related Injury
Good Conduct Medal
Operated Caterpillar to help extend airport runway and hard stands for use in Vietnam War.
City of Birth
Country of Birth
Location of Interview
Lake Nona VA Medical Center, Orlando, FL
Whitehead, Everett; Korean War, 1950-1953 -- 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, "Whitehead, Everett interview" (2018). Veterans Oral Histories. 584.