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Description

Oral history interview of Mr. Robert D. Elston. Interview conducted by Adam Rock at the Masonic Home of Florida in St. Petersburg, Florida on 03/22/2018.

Log

0:01 Introduction; 0:26 Early childhood and education; 2:05 Time before the service; 3:00 Basic training; 3:30 Special training (series 10); 4:22 Role in the reserves; 5:25 Time after basic training; 6:50 Duties as an NCO; 8:00 Stations while in the reserves; 9:40 Interaction with locals; 9:58 Typical day in the reserves; 11:20 Communicating back home; 12:12 Most memorable experience in the reserves; 13:00 Leaving the reserves; 13:55 Transition into civilian life; 14:20 Contact with fellow reservists; 15:30 Applying military training to civilian life; 17:05 Constant transfers and different jobs; 19:50 Final thoughts; 21:10 Closing remarks.

Date of Birth

1928-09-30

Place of Birth

Marietta (Ohio)

Gender

Male

Race

White - Non Hispanic

Home State

Ohio

War or Conflict

Cold War Era

Status

Veteran

Begin/End date of Service - 1st

1950-03-01

1968-06-28

Entrance into Service

Enlisted

Branch of Service

U.S. Army

Unit of Service

Reserve 497th Engineer Combat Battalion; 779th Engineer Maintenance Company

Location of Service

England; Germany

Highest Rank

Captain; CPT

Prisoner of War

No

Service Related Injury

Unspecified

Battles

None

Medals

Unknown

Achievements

Please see video

Note

Not applicable

City of Birth

Marietta

Country of Birth

US

Interviewer

Rock, Adam

Interview Date

Spring 3-22-2018

Location of Interview

Masonic Home of Florida, St. Petersburg, FL

Subjects

Elston, Robert D.; Cold War -- 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

Contributors

Rock, Adam

Length of Interview

22 Minutes

Publisher

Department of History, University of Central Florida

Type

Video; MovingImage

Rights

All rights are held by the respective holding institution. This material is posted publicly for non-profit educational uses, excluding printed publication. For permission to reproduce and/or for copyright information contact Special Collections and University Archives, University of Central Florida Libraries, (407) 823-2576. http://library.ucf.edu/about/departments/special-collections-university-archives/

Repository

University of Central Florida Libraries, Special Collections & University Archives

Contributing Project

UCF Community Veterans History Project

Document Type

Interview

Semester

Spring


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