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Oral history interview of Mr. John D. Fink. Interview conducted by David Espinal at the Florida Masonic Home in St. Petersburg, Florida on 11/06/2019. Interview topics include, Introduction; Family and Childhood; Enlistment and Boot Camp; Assignment in San Diego, California; Transfer to USS McCalla; Sleeping Arrangements on USS McCalla; Attempting to Become an Electrician/First Job; Repairing the Search Light; Provisions in Pearl Harbor; Gun Run in Marshall Islands; Assignment to Admiral Bull Halsey's Task Force 38.1; Typhoon in the Pacific; Trapped in the electric shop on-board; Phone Interruption; Island Hopping Campaign; Trip Up to Japan; Phone Interruption; Leaving the Navy; Reenlistment after three years; Assignment on Supply Ship for China Fleet; Lieutenant Commander Ian Little; Operation Greenhouse; Reactions to Pearl Harbor; Keeping up with the News; Medical Problems; Move to St. Petersburg, Florida; Moving into the Florida Masonic Home; Stock Market Success; Contact with service members; Submarine Operations in Russia; VA Membership/Hospitals; Tips for Life/Joining the Navy; Awards/Honors; Repairing LCUs; Conclusion.

Date of Birth



Video; MovingImage

Branch of Service

U.S. Navy


Espinal, David

Interview Date

Fall 11-6-2019

Location of Interview

Masonic Home in St. Petersburg, Florida

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



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