Oral history interview of Ronald York. Interview conducted by Kevin Wathen and Ian McLaughlin at Altamonte Springs, Florida..
0:30 Childhood memories; 0:45 GI Bill, college life; 1:30 Enlisted in Navy; 2:00 Basic training; 2:50 Role on Pacific fleet WWII; 3:30 Japanese surrendering; 3:50 Feelings that war is over; 4:45 UMass GI Bill (journalism); 5:15 Decision for journalism; 6:00 Platoon leader Korean War; 7:00 Commanding officers, Matthew Ridgeway; 7:30 Return home from Korean War; 8:00 Thoughts on WWII; 10:20 Army Reserve officer; 10:45 Resigned before Vietnam War; 11:15 Activities on ship in Pacific; 11:45 Saving ships for future use after WWII; 13:20 Working for Miami Herald; 14:00 Life in Florida; 15:30 Life lessons learned from WWII; 17:30 Reunion in Savannah; 18:00 Graduating, Master's in journalism; 20:00 Showing pictures of wartime service; 21:20 What branch did he enjoy better?; 21:50 Responsibilities as an Army officer; 23:00 5th Infantry regiment; 24:00 End.
Date of Birth
Place of Birth
White - Non Hispanic
War or Conflict
World War II; Korean Conflict
Begin/End date of Service - 1st
Begin/End date of Service - 2nd
Entrance into Service
Branch of Service
Location of Service
Pacific Ocean; Korea
Prisoner of War
Service Related Injury
See video for details.
City of Birth
Country of Birth
Wathen, Kevin; McLaughlin, Ian
Location of Interview
Altamonte Springs, FL.
York, Ronald; World War, 1939-1945 -- Personal narratives; United States. Navy; Army Reserve; World War II; Korean War; GI Bill; Japanese Surrender; Miami Herald
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
Wathen, Kevin; McLaughlin, Ian
Length of Interview
Department of History, University of Central Florida
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University of Central Florida Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives
UCF Community Veterans History Project
Ronald, York, "York, Ronald interview" (2011). Veterans Oral Histories. 65.