Oral History interview of Robert Varkonyi. Interview conducted by Tran, Truc at Robert Varkonyi's home residence.
0:16 Introduction - Robert G. Varkonyi; 0:40 Childhood and family; 1:31 Flood in 1926; 1:45 Education; 2:39 Prior Knowledge: Korean War, Draft; 4:00 Basic Training; 5:00 Linguist, Military Service, Germany; 6:30 Germany, Western Zone, Purpose of going into Germany; 8:00 40th Signal Battalion, Communications, Role and duties; 9:08 Linguistic and roles; 10:49 Displaced persons; 13:10 Views of the Germans and Half Eastern European; 15:00 German Prisoners of Wars, Siberia, Salt Mines, Slave Labor Camps; 21:15 Biggest accomplishment: Self Defense; 22:51 Social life; 25:00 Comparison between American and European poverty; 27:54 After the military; 28:52 Sputnik; 30:29 Moral values; 32:41 Depravity of human kind; 35:48 Central Florida; 38:00 Last words: Social life and accidents.
Date of Birth
Place of Birth
White - Non Hispanic
War or Conflict
Begin/End date of Service - 1st
Entrance into Service
Branch of Service
Unit of Service
40th Signal Corps
Private First Class; PFC
Prisoner of War
Service Related Injury
Germany Occupation Forces
Linguist-processed Germans who were forced out of their Eastern European homes
City of Birth
Country of Birth
Location of Interview
Robert Varkonyi's home Residence
Varkonyi, Robert G.; Korean War, 1950-1953 -- Personal Narratives; United States. Army
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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UCF Community Veterans History Project
Central Florida, RICHES of, "Varkonyi, Robert G. interview" (2012). Veterans Oral Histories. 90.