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Oral history interview of Mr. John McCreaq part 2. Interview conducted by Daniela Aguirre at the Westminster Towers in Orlando, Florida on 11/20/2019. Interview topics include, Introduction; Shore of Marse lie; Jango Reinheart; After hours private concert; Length of Recruitment; Assignment in the French Rivera. Siege by the Germans; Berlin Betty and Axis Sally; Assignment against the Italian army; Ships docked in Italy; ONI official comes and trip to Rome; Story of the trip in Rome; Burial of American GI's with Pope; War ends in Europe; Time at sea; Went to New Orleans instead of New York, ended up at Orange Texas; Truman announced dropping of Atom Bomb; Surrender of Japan; Discharged by gathering points; Stationed in Houston; Worked with Brown Shipyards; Journey to Jacksonville on the ship; Mothballing the ship; Cotton Bowl game proposal to wife; Charged with generating a report on the missing lst's; Memories with shipmates from the war.


Video; MovingImage


Aguirre, Daniela

Interview Date

Fall 12-4-2019

Location of Interview

Westminster Towers

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

55:07 minutes


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