Oral history interview of Mr. Robert L. Gaddy. Interview conducted by John Grande at the Masonic Home in St. Petersburg, Florida on 03/22/2018.
0:01 Introduction; 0:33 Place and Date of Birth; 0:43 Siblings and Family; 1:47 Education; 2:32 Family Military Service; 2:53 Employment prior to the military; 3:45 Korean War begins and career change; 05:02 Basic Training; 06:24 First Impressions of Newfoundland; 08:45 Being in Canada; 11:10 Living conditions in Iceland; 12:28 Interactions with local Icelandic population; 13:44 Cultural Differences; 14:09 Mission in Iceland; 16:05 Memories of Icelandic visitors and the Northern Lights; 18:01 Transfer to Orlando; 18:28 Mission while stationed in Orlando; 19:11 Most memorable moment in the service; 20:15 Leaving the Air Force; 20:45 Returning to Civilian Life; 21:11 Education/Employment after the military; 22:44 Advice for those considering joining the military; 24:13 Final thoughts; 26:28 Conclusion.
Date of Birth
Place of Birth
St. Louis (Mo.)
White - Non Hispanic
War or Conflict
Begin/End date of Service - 1st
Entrance into Service
Branch of Service
Unit of Service
USS Argonne; USS Sabine (AO-25)
Location of Service
Lt. Junior Grade; LTJG
Prisoner of War
Service Related Injury
Good Conduct Medal; Korean Service Medal
City of Birth
Country of Birth
Location of Interview
Masonic Home of Florida, St. Petersburg, FL.
Gaddy, Robert L.; Korean War, 1950-1953 -- Personal Narratives; United States. Navy
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, "Gaddy, Robert Lloyd interview" (2018). Veterans Oral Histories. 588.