Oral history interview of Mr. Robert Powers Ainsworth. Interview conducted by Christian Bazley at St. Kitts Condo Association in Naples, Florida on November 8, 2018.
0:19 Birthplace and family; 2:11 Childhood and Pre-military Life; 3:45 Switching from Engineering to Medicine; 8:29 Joining the Army; 10:08 Training as a medical officer; 11:15 Wife and children; 15:23 POW Hospital; 16:55 Physician POW; 19:25 Tracking POW's at POW hospital; 22:25 POW Physician fortitude; 23:15 Adapting to military life; 24:32 Structure of the Army hospital; 26:30 Recreation and morale; 28:11 Family reactions to occupation; 30:37 End of Vietnam War effect on career; 32:00 Returning to civilian life; 33:20 Time in West Point; 41:15 Life lessons, regrets, and impact of military service; 44:11 Advice and closing thoughts.
Date of Birth
Place of Birth
War or Conflict
Begin/End date of Service - 1st
Entrance into Service
Branch of Service
Unit of Service
Location of Service
Prisoner of War
Service Related Injury
See interview for details.
City of Birth
Country of Birth
Location of Interview
St. Kitts Condo Association, Naples, FL
Ainsworth, Robert Powers; Korean Conflict -- 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 of, "Ainsworth, Robert Powers interview" (2018). Veterans Oral Histories. 627.