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Description

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.

Log

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

1927-05-10

Place of Birth

Chicago (Ill.)

Gender

Male

Race

White - Non Hispanic

Home State

Illinois

War or Conflict

World War II

Status

Veteran

Begin/End date of Service - 1st

1945-07-01

1948-04-01

Entrance into Service

Drafted

Branch of Service

U.S. Army

Unit of Service

20th Airforce (Army Air Corp)

Location of Service

Pacific Ocean; Guam; Yokohama-shi (Japan); Japan

Highest Rank

Private First Class; PFC

Prisoner of War

No

Service Related Injury

No

Battles

Unspecified

Medals

Unspecified

Achievements

See interview for details.

Note

Not applicable

City of Birth

Chicago

Country of Birth

United States

Interviewer

Arnold, Sean; Conaty, Ian

Interview Date

Fall 11-9-2018

Location of Interview

Orlando, Florida

Subjects

Leavitt, Joseph (Jack); World War, 1939-1945 -- 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

Arnold, Sean; Conaty, Ian

Length of Interview

54 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


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