Oral history interview with Joseph Leavitt. Interview conducted by Sean Arnold and Ian Conaty at Westminster Towers, 70 W Lucerne Cir, Orlando, FL on November 9, 2018.
0:18 Birth and Childhood-place; 3:02 Pre-Army Education-High School; 5:28 Choice to Enter the Service; 7:03 Family in Service; 7:25 Family Reaction to Service; 7:48 Thoughts on War when Drafted; 9:00 Basic Training- Sheppard Field Texas; 11:42 What Army Corp Was Like; 13:01 Experience/Jobs in Service; 14:47 First Assignment after Training; 17:58 Sent to Guam; 20:15 Job in Guam; 24:51 First Impression over Seas; 25:38 Radio Repair School in Yokohama Japan; 26:20 Taught How to Kill; 27:18 Opinion of Tokyo; 28:42 Typical Day in Japan After War; 29:58 Lesson Learned in Japan; 31:52 Travel in Japan; 32:25 Lesson Learned Continued; 32:46 Contacting Family Over Seas; 32:52 Food; 33:07 Opinion on Communism; 36:13 Entertainment; 37:43 Humorous Event; 39:29 Local Population Interaction; 41:13 Money in Japan; 42:00 Selling Cigarettes on Black Market; 45:04 Opinion on Atomic Bomb Being Dropped on Japan; 45:40 Feelings on Japanese Surrender; 45:52 Opinion on Russia; 45:58 Release from Military; 46:35 Feelings on Japanese Surrender (Continued); 47:00 Medals; 47:12 Highest Rank; 47:27 Returning to School; 48:32 Job After Military; 48:48 Life After Service; 49:12 Looking Back on Service; 49:57 Souvenirs from Japan.
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
20th Airforce (Army Air Corp)
Location of Service
Pacific Ocean; Guam; Yokohama-shi (Japan); Japan
Private First Class; PFC
Prisoner of War
Service Related Injury
See interview for details.
City of Birth
Country of Birth
Arnold, Sean; Conaty, Ian
Location of Interview
Leavitt, Joseph (Jack); 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
Arnold, Sean; Conaty, Ian
Length of Interview
Department of History, University of Central Florida
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Central Florida, RICHES of, "Leavitt, Joseph (Jack) interview" (2018). Veterans Oral Histories. 615.