Oral history interview of Mr. Thomas D. Caine. Interview conducted by Sharon Rodriguez at the Masonic Home of Florida in St. Petersburg, Florida on 03/22/2018.
0:01 Introduction; 0:42 Early childhood and education; 2:20 Time prior to the Navy; 2:30 Pearl Harbor attack and reaction; 3:25 Family's reaction to join; 3:45 First impressions of life in the Navy; 4:00 Earning commission in the Navy; 4:20 Basic training; 6:00 Job in the Navy; 6:20 Duties as a navigator; 7:07 Job selection; 7:50 First duty station; 8:15 Experiencing a naval vessel for the first time: the Argonne; 9:40 Special experience: Being officer of the deck; 10:10 Typical day on the Argonne; 10:30 Deployment to the Pacific theater; 11:55 Communicating home/ Leave; 12:55 Most memorable experience during the war; 25:30 Time on the USS Sabine; 26:10 Leaving the Navy; 27:00 Returning to civilian life after the military; 28:05 Becoming a lawyer after the navy; 28:25 Using naval experience in life; 30:00 Adapting to civilian life; 31:35 Advice for those joining the military; 33:15 Awards and commendations; 33:50 Final thoughts; 34:40 Closing remarks.
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
Location of Service
Prisoner of War
Service Related Injury
Combat Infantryman Badge; Purple Heart Medal; Bronze Star Medal
Please see video
The veteran got out of the Army after the first contract. He Was recalled back to the Army in 2005. More medal details: he was awarded Bronze Star twice.
City of Birth
Country of Birth
Location of Interview
Caine, Thomas D.; 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, "Caine, Thomas D. interview" (2018). Veterans Oral Histories. 596.