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Oral history interview of Mr. John McCreaq part 1. Interview conducted by Daniela Aguirre at Westminster Towers in Orlando, Florida on 11/20/2019. Interview topics include, Introduction; Experience in school; Mr. McCreaq's experience with school and Hitler invading Poland; Recalling England's declaration of war; Experience while at college in ROTC; Graduating from college and picking a path; Enrolling in the v-7 program; Reporting to Chicago on September 16th; Training as a navy officer and experiences; Obtaining the navy commission; Amphibious training with the LST; Starting service on LST 655; Trip down the Mississippi river and the hazards; Trip from New Orleans to Panama and close encounter with a navy blimp; Giving shore leave to his men, a majority showed up except for one.; Time in Houston; Getting sent to Jacksonville; Living on the LSM 544; Time on Corsica and resupply for invasion; Destruction of LST by German plane overnight; Commissioning of monument in Washington regarding the invasion; 1,000 page book written on Operation Dragoon; How the mission changed after the successful invasion; Conclusion.


Video; MovingImage


Aguirre, Daniela

Interview Date

Fall 11-20-2019

Location of Interview

Westminster Tower

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

Length of Interview

66 min


Department of History, University of Central Florida




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University of Central Florida Libraries, Special Collections & University Archives

Contributing Project

UCF Community Veterans History Project

Document Type