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Oral history interview of Mr. Joseph Stewart. Interview conducted by Daniela Aguirre at the University of Central Florida in Orlando, Florida on 11/20/2019. Interview topics include, Introduction; Describes his childhood; Family problem prevented him from Vanderbuilt College; Enlisted in the Navy for electronics school; Experience in bootcamp; Talks about his transition from a civilian to the military; Assigned to the U.S.S Valley Forge, an Essex class carrier; Description of "Flag Waving" techniques employed by the U.S Navy; Experience traveling across the far east and where he was when the Korean war started; Experience launching the first jobs jets of the Korean War; The night before the captain of the carrier giving a speech; Describes his experience obtaining Korean service ribbons with 3 stars; Started routine of 'dawn alert' or war time footing during this deployment; Describing the daily life on the ship; Describing the different airplane related events such as crashes; New commanding officer; Communicating with family back home while at sea; First deployment and time in San Diego; 3rd deployment and description of the sx radar; Different ways of servicing the radar; The different medals Mr. Stewart received; Mr. Stewarts experience getting his enlistment extended by a year; Description of operating a pilot cub plane; Mr. Stewart's decision to leave the navy; Discharge from the Navy and entering Tennessee tech; Description of Mr. Stewart's K-book and looking back at his experience; Reasons not to reenlist; Conclusions and parting thoughts.

Date of Birth



Video; MovingImage


Aguirre, Daniela

Interview Date

Fall 11-20-2019

Location of Interview

Westminster Winter Park, 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

36:47 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