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VETERANS DAY 2010

Orange County Library System salutes the Central Florida Veterans who served our country! Hear firsthand accounts of their service in World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War and other military service.

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Veteran of Foreign Wars Louis Boria, Jr. Interview

Interview with Purple Heart Veteran Louis Boria, Jr. at VFW Post 10147 in Apopka, FL May 19th, 2010. Veteran Louis Boria served as a...

WWII Veteran James Ferguson

WWII Veteran James Ferguson at VFW Post 10147 in Apopka, FL, May 19th, 2010. Veteran Ferguson joined the Navy in 1944. He...

WWII Veteran William R. Meisel

LISTEN to an interview with  WWII and Korean War Veteran William R. Meisel at VFW Post 10147 in Apopka, FL, May 19th, 2010....

WWII Veteran Ortenzio A. Vecchio Interview

Interview with WWII Veteran Ortenzio A. Vecchio at VFW Post 10147 in Apopka, FL, My 19th 2010. Veteran Vecchio served with General Patton in...

Vietnam Veteran Marv Suriff

LISTEN to this interview with  Vietnam Veteran Marv Suriff at VFW Post 10147 in Apopka, FL, May 19th, 2010. Veteran Suriff served...

WWII Veteran Lyle Shaffer

Interview with WWII Veteran Lyle Shaffer at the VA Medical Center in Orlando, FL May 26th, 2010. Veteran Schaffer was a Foward Observer...

WWII Veteran Walter Reinhold

Listen to this interview with WWII Veteran Walter Reinhold at the VA Medical Center in Orlando, FL May 26th, 2010. Walter was born in B...

WWII Veteran Audrey Tracy

Photo of WWII Veteran Audrey Tracy in her dress white Marine uniform, hat removed. Interview  with  WWII Veteran Audrey Tracy in O...

WWII Veteran Jacob Miller

Interview with WWII Veteran Jacob Miller at the Orlando VA Medical Center on May 26th 2010. Veteran Miller served in the U.S....

WWII Veteran Gerry Hosford and wife Gloria

LISTEN to this interview with WWII Veteran Gerry Hosford at Delaney Street Baptist Church, Orlando, FL, May 30th, 2010. Veteran Hosford served...

WWII Veteran Jack W. Cropp and wife Pat

LISTEN to this  interview with WWII Veteran Jack W. Cropp at Delaney Street Baptist Church in Orlando, FL, May 30th, 2010, Memorial...

WWII Veteran Rocco Covello and his wife Rosa

LISTEN to this interview with  WWII Veteran Rocco Covello at  VFW  4287 in Orlando, FL, Memorial Day, 2010. Veteran Covello served in&n...

WWII Veteran Robert Brodrick Interview

LISTEN to this interview  with  WWII Veteran Robert  Brodrick at  VFW 4287 in Orlando, FL, Memorial Day 2010. Veteran Brodrick ser...

Interview with WWII Veteran William M. Turner

Interview  with  WWII  Veteran William M. Turner  at Delaney Street Baptist Church, June 30th, 2010. Veteran Turner served in both...

Korean War Veteran Robert L. Claudy, Jr. Interview

LISTEN to  this interview with Korean War Veteran Robert L. Claudy, Jr. at Delaney Street Baptist Church in Orlando, FL, June 30th, 2010.&nb...

Attorney Frank Pyle and daughter Lizzie

LISTEN to this interview with attorney Frank Pyle at Delaney Street Baptist Church in Orlando, FL, June 30th, 2010. Mr. Pyle served 26...

WWII Veteran Liston "Alex" Coomer Interview

Interview with WWII and Korean War Veteran Liston "Alex" Coomer at VFW 2093 in Orlando, FL, June 25th, 2010. Veteran Coomer flew with Captai...

WWII Veteran Keat Spriggs Interview

Interview with WWII Veteran Keat Spriggs at Delaney Street Baptist Church in Orlando, FL, June 27th, 2010. Veteran Spriggs served in the...

WWII Veteran Clyde Russell McCumber Interview

Interview with WWII Veteran Clyde Russell Mccumber at Delaney Street Baptist Church in Orlando, FL, June 30th, 2010. Veteran Mccumber was on his...

WWII Veteran Tom Connors Interview

Interview with WWII Veteran Tom Connors at St. James Cathedral Church, Orlando, FL, July 1st, 2010. Veteran Connors served in the Southwest Pacif...

WWII Veteran Floyd O. Johnson Interview

Interview with WWII Veteran Floyd O. Johnson at Saint Richard's Episcopal Church in Winter Park, FL, July 3rd, 2010. His wife, Jackie, was...

WWII Veteran John J. Broderick and Wife Patricia Interview

Interview with WWII Veteran John J. Broderick's wife, Patricia, at Orlando VA Medical Center, May 26th, 2010. Veteran Broderick served in the...

WWII Veteran and German Prisoner of War Lou Toth Interview

Interview with WWII Veteran and German Prisoner of War Lou Toth at  Orlando VA Medical Center, May 26th, 2010.

WWII Veteran Frank D. Harrison

Listen to  interview with World War II Veteran Frank D. Harrison at Delaney Street Baptist Church in Orlando, FL, August 8th, 2010. Veteran...

WWII Veteran Jerry Kinsley and daughter Patricia

Photo of WWII Veteran Jerry Kinsley with daughter, Patricia, in Orlando, Florida.

WWII Veteran Cecil Rice

WWII Veteran Cecil Rice

WWII Veteran Mario J. Mesa, BMC

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John L. Tracy: a Patriot

"Nice tailor made fatigues, huh?"  - read the caption sent home to mom and dad in Lockport, New York. Photo of John L....

WWII Veteran Louis Boria, Jr. Interview

Interview with Purple Heart Veteran Louis Boria, Jr. at VFW Post 10147 in Apopka, FL May 19th, 2010. Veteran Louis Boria served as a Sergeant in the U. S. Marine Corps in World War II and the Korean War. He received two Purple Hearts for his service to his country. His four sons and his brother all became Marines. He lost one son in the Vietnam War. Veteran Boria reflects on his military experiences and the meaning of Memorial Day.




WWII Veteran James Ferguson Interview

Interview with World War II Veteran James Ferguson at VFW Post 10147 in Apopka FL, May 19th, 2010. Veteran Ferguson joined the Navy in 1944. He went to aerial flight school, worked as a backseat gunner in WWII and later became a nuclear weapons technician working on the VC8, the first airplane equipped with nuclear capability. Veteran Ferguson reflects on his good life in Apopka and the meaning of Memorial Day.




WWII Veteran William R. Meisel Interview

Interview with WWII and Korean War Veteran William R. Meisel at VFW Post 10147 in Apopka, FL, May 19th, 2010. Veteran Meisel served in seven major battles throughout the Pacific and recalls some of his more memorable experiences. His grandson is currently on his fourth tour of duty in Afghanistan and is due to come home at the end of June 2010. Veteran Meisel shares his love for the military, his country and his community in this interview.




WWII Veteran Ortenzio A. Vecchio Interview

Interview with WWII Veteran Ortenzio A. Vecchio at VFW Post 10147 in Apopka, FL, May 19th 2010. Veteran Vecchio served with General Patton in the Third Army Division, Battalion 777. Ortenzio A. Vecchio was born in Italy and came to the U.S. at age 10. He refused to go to Italy during WWII because of his relatives and was sent to the white cliffs of Dover then to France and Germany. Veteran Vecchio shares his love for America and reflects on the meaning of Memorial Day: "saying prayers for those who fought and died for our country."




Vietnam Veteran Marv Suriff Interview

Interview with Vietnam Veteran Marv Suriff at VFW Post 10147 in Apopka, FL, May 19th, 2010. Veteran Suriff served in the U.S. Air Force in Thailand and Vietnam. His more memorable experiences include facing enemy fire from across the border and the great comradeship in the military. He reflects on the meaning of Memorial Day and the discipline he learned while serving his country.

 




WWII Veteran Walter Reinhold Interview

Interview with WWII Veteran Walter Reinhold at the VA Medical Center in Orlando, FL May 26th, 2010.

Walter was born in Bavaria and sent to the U.S. at age 14 along with his brother. His parents stayed in Germany, but lost everything with "Kristallnacht". President Roosevelt's assistant later arranged for Walter Reinhold's parents to come to the United States.

Veteran Reinhold relates his experiences in the U.S. Army serving in the makeshift military government in Munich and his first driving lesson: when he was ordered to drive a vehicle across the Rhine river.




WWII Veteran Jacob Miller Interview

Interview with WWII Veteran Jacob Miller at the Orlando VA Medical Center on May 26th, 2010. Veteran Miller served in the U.S. Army in WWII, the Korean War and twice in the Vietnam War.  His military service as Master Sergeant included duty in Italy during WWII and working in the combat zone in Vietnam. He reflects on the education and advancements he received in the military, his love of family and his thankfulness for the Orlando VA Medical Center.




WWII Veteran Gerry Hosford Interview

Interview with WWII Veteran Gerry Hosford at Delaney Street Baptist Church in Orlando, FL, May 30th, 2010, Memorial Day weekend. Veteran Hosford served as Staff Sergeant in the Army Air Corps during WWII working on aircraft such as B-10's and the Keystone Bomber. He recalls being on a date in a movie theater in Shreveprt, LA when the news broke out: "Pearl Harbor has been bombed. All military report to base." His date was surprised because he hadn't told her he was in the military. Mr. Hosford remembers Orlando as a small town when he came in the 1960s and today he says Orlando, "Is a wonderful place to be!"




WWII Veteran Rocco Covello Interview

Interview with WWII Veteran Rocco Covello at VFW 4287 in Orlando, FL, Memorial Day, 2010. Veteran Covello served in WWII in the 4th Infantry Division in Germany. He recalls waiting to go on the frontline at Camp Lucky Strike Replacement Camp when the war ended. Veteran Covello values serving his country and presently serves in the Honor Guard at VFW 4287. He enjoys the quiet of life in Orlando with his wife and two daughters.




WWII Veteran Robert Brodrick Interview

Interview with WWII Veteran Robert Brodrick at VFW 4287 in Orlando, FL, Memorial Day 2010. Veteran Brodrick served in the U.S. Army as a Platoon Sergeant in Europe during WWII. He recalls in detail firsthand experiences liberating the first big town in France, Nancy, (The Battle of Nancy in 1944) and fighting in the Battle of the Bulge - Operation Market Basket. He shares his military experiences in Belgium, France, Holland, and Germany where he got hit with shrapnel on Dec.10th and was back on the frontline on Dec.16th. Veteran Brodrick is thankful "to all the buddies who sacrificed  their life to give me this freedom". He currently serves in the Honor Guard at VFW 4287.




WWII Veteran Audrey Tracy Interview

Interview with WWII Veteran Audrey Tracy in Orlando, FL June 6th, 2010, D-Day.

Veteran Tracy served in the U.S. Marine Corps in WWII and worked at Marine Headquarters in Washington, DC. She was one of a select group of women who enlisted to serve their country and "Free a Marine to Fight". These women took on office responsibilities in the military so men could go to combat and fight.

She remembers the impressive military funerals at Arlington Cemetery and the sadness of seeing so many lives lost. Veteran Tracy was on base at Henderson Hall when the news broke that the war was over on August 14th, 1945 and recalls the excitement of getting a bus to Washington and celebrating with everyone in front of the White House.

She is thankful for our wonderful country and believes when we come together as in WWII we can do anything.




WWII Veteran Clyde Russell McCumber

Interview with WWII Veteran Clyde Russell McCumber at Delaney Street Baptist Church in Orlando, FL, June 30th, 2010. Veteran McCumber was on his way to church when the war began and was dodging bullets in the Phillipines when the war ended. He served in the Army Air Corps from March 1st, 1943 to March 1st, 1946. He remembers those who didn't come home and gave their life so he could keep on living. Veteran McCumber has an appreciation for our country and all the advantages we have in the United States: "I think America is the greatest!"




WWII Veteran William M. Turner Interview

Interview with WWII Veteran William M. Turner at Delaney Street Baptist Church, June 30th, 2010.

Veteran Turner served in both WWII and the Korean War. During WWII he trained in aviation and during the Korean War was part of the 278 Regimental Combat Team from Cleveland, TN. Serving his country gave him the opportunity to go to college under the GI Bill of Rights. He earned an engineering degree from the University of Tennessee and a degree in electrical engineering from John Hopkins University. Later he and his wife and two daughters moved to Orlando so he could work for the Martin Company now known as Lockheed Martin.

He shares his story of meeting a Civil War Veteran in Tennessee and his gratitude for all the people who have offered their lives so that we could be a free nation.




Korean War Veteran Robert L. Claudy, Jr. Interview

Interview with Korean War Veteran Robert L. Claudy, Jr. at Delaney Street Baptist Church in Orlando, FL, June 30th, 2010. Robert Claudy, Jr. is an Orlando native and remembers playing ball at Hillcrest School when Mills Ave. was a clay road. If you made it to the clay it was a home run. He says there were lots of orange groves in the area, people were simple and you "learned how to squeeze the nickel". Veteran Claudy served in the United States Navy Submarine Service during the Korean War and did operations out of Key West, FL. He recalls shooting the stars with a sextant for navigation. He was aboard the  USS Cochino doing operations off the coast of Russia when the battery exploded and the submarine later sank in the Barents Sea off Norway. Hear his firsthand account of this historic event.




WWII Veteran Liston "Alex" Coomer Interview

Interview with  WWII and Korean War Veteran Liston "Alex" Coomer at VFW 2093 in Orlando, FL, June 25th, 2010. Veteran Coomer flew with Captain Chuck Yeager, worked as a flight engineer on B-29's, B-50's, B-36's, C-124's, earned his million mile certificate and retired as a Master Sergeant. He recalls learning to fly on a  KR 21 paperwing biplane at John Roberts airport in Honolulu, Hawaii in July 1941 and went on to serve in the Administrative Flight Section in Dayton, Ohio. Regarding his experience serving our country, he says, "I'd do it again any day."




WWII Veteran Jack W. Cropp Interview

Interview with WWII Veteran Jack W. Cropp at Delaney Street Baptist Church in Orlando, FL, May 30th, 2010, Memorial Day. Veteran Cropp served in the U.S. Army in WWII and the Korean War.  He was a Staff Sergeant. He shares his memories of seeing the Golden Gate Bridge when coming back to the U.S. from his tour of duty in the Pacific, the good experiences he had in the military and the good life he enjoys today in Orlando.




WWII Veteran Keat Spriggs Interview

Interview with  WWII Veteran Keat Spriggs at Delaney Street Baptist Church in Orlando, FL, June 27th, 2010. Veteran Spriggs served in the U.S. Navy in the South Pacific during  WWII aboard the  USS 20 until it was decommissioned in Boston after the war. He really appreciates that he could serve our country against a nation that had shown its power against us back in 1941. He recalls Orlando as a small town when he came here with his wife in 1959 when the highways were all two lane roads. He worked for Martin Marietta for 30 years and retired in 1987. He is proud that we are a nation that helps people and has a great appreciation for being an American.




WWII Veteran Tom Connors Interview Part I

Interview with WWII Veteran Tom Connors at St. James Cathedral Church, Orlando, FL, July 1st, 2010.

Veteran Connors served in the Southwest Pacific during the war in extremely native areas such as New Guinea and Okinawa. He is the only living survivor from the original WWII Navy 7th Fleet Amphibious Force. Hear his firsthand detailed account of landing in New Britain, delivering mail through New Guinea, listening to Tokyo Rose on the radio, seeing the Bob Hope Show  in New Guinea and meeting Russian female soldiers on a train from Manchuria.  Veteran Connors  shares his memories of the crew and ships he experienced while serving his country.  At the beginning of WWII they worked on a wooden ship  from WWI because that is what they had.  They had a good  navigator  Bill Robinson, who went on to become managing editor of  Yachting  magazine.

Having  studied radio in New York at RCA Radio School, Veteran Connors worked the radio shack on the ship and was the  radio man  receiving the message from President Truman: "We have dropped an A-bomb on Hiroshima". He discusses the Japanese suicide bombers, typhoons and mines at sea.

He is thankful to God to be close to death and survive it. He says, "If you're ever called on to serve this country, serve it.  It will be an honor and you'll be proud."




WWII Veteran Tom Connors Interview Part II

Interview with  WWII  Veteran Tom Connors at St. James Cathedral Church, Orlando, FL, July 1st, 2010. Veteran Connors served in the Southwest Pacific during the war in extremely native areas such as New Guinea and Okinawa. He is the only living survivor from the original WWII Navy 7th Fleet Amphibious Force. Hear his firsthand detailed account of landing in New Britain, delivering mail through New Guinea, listening to Tokyo Rose on the radio, seeing the Bob Hope Show in New Guinea and meeting Russian female soldiers on a train from Manchuria. Veteran Connors shares his memories of the crew and ships he experienced while serving his country.

At the beginning of WWII they worked on a wooden ship from WWI because that is what they had. They had a good navigator Bill Robinson, who went on to become managing editor of Yachting magazine. Having studied radio in New York at RCA radio school, Veteran Connors worked the radio shack on the ship and was the radio man receiving the message from President Truman: "We have dropped an A-bomb on Hiroshima".

He discusses the Japanese suicidal bombers, typhoons and mines at sea. He is thankful to God to be close to death and survive it. He says, "If you're ever called on to serve this country, serve it. It will be an honor and you'll be proud.

 

 




WWII Veteran Tom Connors Interview Part III

Interview with WWII Veteran Tom Connors at St. James Cathedral Church, Orlando, FL, July 1st, 2010.

Veteran Connors served in the Southwest Pacific during the war in extremely native areas such as New Guinea and Okinawa. He is the only living survivor from the original WWII Navy 7th Fleet Amphibious Force. Hear his firsthand detailed account of landing in New Britain, delivering mail through New Guinea, listening to Tokyo Rose on the radio, seeing the Bob Hope Show  in New Guinea and meeting Russian female soldiers on a train from Manchuria.  Veteran Connors  shares his memories of the crew and ships he experienced while serving his country.  At the beginning of WWII they worked on a wooden ship  from WWI because that is what they had.  They had a good  navigator  Bill Robinson, who went on to become managing editor of Yachting magazine.

Having  studied radio in New York at RCA Radio School, Veteran Connors worked the radio shack on the ship and was the  radio man  receiving the message from President Truman: "We have dropped an A-bomb on Hiroshima". He discusses the Japanese suicide bombers, typhoons and mines at sea.

He is thankful to God to be close to death and survive it. He says, "If you're ever called on to serve this country, serve it.  It will be an honor and you'll be proud."

 




WWII Veteran Floyd O. Johnson Interview Part I

Interview with WWII Veteran Floyd O. Johnson at Saint Richard's Episcopal Church in Winter Park, FL, July 3rd, 2010.  

Veteran Johnson joined the U.S. Navy at age 17 in July 1943 and went on to fly as a Tail Gunner for 30 years. He worked in torpedo bombers in  the U.S. Navy and B-26's, B-29's, B-36's, and B-52's in the U.S. Air Force. Veteran Johnson served in WWII, the Korean War, and five tours of duty in the Vietnam War. He shares his experiences, stories and details on military life. His wife, Jackie, was the Family Services Coordinator for military families on base and contributed 15,000 volunteer hours. Veteran Johnson was part of the 11th Bomb Wing selected to fly over President Harry Truman's inauguration on January 20th, 1949 and recalls what is was like to fly from Texas to Washington, DC with 11 reporters on board. He is proud to have served his country and retired as a Senior Master Sergeant from the U.S. Air Force. His advice is: "Pay attention to your superiors. Most of them are well intentioned people. You can learn from them and what they have to say. Life itself is - especially in this country-  really great! "




WWII Veteran Floyd O. Johnson Interview Part II

Interview with WWII Veteran Floyd O. Johnson at Saint Richard's Episcopal Church in Winter Park, FL, July 3rd, 2010.

Veteran Johnson joined the U.S. Navy at age 17 in July 1943  and went  on to  fly as  a Tail Gunner for 30 years. He worked  in torpedo bombers in  the U.S. Navy and B-26's, B-29's, B-36's, and B-52's in the U.S. Air Force. Veteran Johnson served in WWII, the Korean War, and five tours of duty in the Vietnam War. He shares his experiences, stories and  details on military life.

His wife, Jackie, was the family services coordinator for military families on base and contributed 15,000 volunteer hours. Veteran Johnson was part of the 11th Bomb Wing selected to fly over President Harry Truman's inauguration on January 20th, 1949 and recalls what is was like to fly from Texas to Washington,  DC with 11 reporters on board. He is proud to have served his country and retired as a Senior Master Sergeant from the U.S. Air Force.

His advice is: "Pay attention to your superiors. Most of them are well intentioned people. You can learn from them and what they have to say. Life itself is - especially in this country-  really great! "




WWII Veteran Floyd O. Johnson Interview Part III

Interview with WWII Veteran Floyd O. Johnson at Saint Richard's Episcopal Church in Winter Park, FL, July 3rd, 2010.

Veteran Johnson joined the U.S. Navy at age 17 in July 1943 and went on to fly as a Tail Gunner for 30 years. He worked in torpedo bombers in the U.S. Navy and B-26's, B-29's, B-36's, and B-52's in the U.S. Air Force. Veteran Johnson served in WWII, the Korean War, and five tours of duty in the Vietnam War.

He shares his experiences, stories and details on military life. His wife, Jackie, was the Family Services Coordinator for military families on base and contributed 15,000 volunteer hours. Veteran Johnson was part of the 11th Bomb Wing crew selected to fly over President Harry Truman's inauguration on January 20th, 1949 and recalls what is was like to fly from Texas to Washington, DC with 11 reporters on board.

He is proud to have served his country and retired as a Senior Master Sergeant from the U.S. Air Force. His advice is: "Pay attention to your superiors. Most of them are well intentioned people. You can learn from them and what they have to say. Life itself is - especially in this country- really great! "




WWII Veteran and German Prisoner of War Lou Toth Interview

Interview with WWII Veteran and German Prisoner of War Lou Toth at Orlando VA Medical Center, May 26th, 2010.

Veteran Toth was a paratrooper and retired as a Master Seargent in the United States Army. During WWII he landed at Utah Beach and was taken Prisoner of War by the Germans in Normandy.  At age 89, Veteran Toth still works out seven days a week. In this interview he shares his thoughts on America, Memorial Day, and a funny story about ice fishing in Minnesota. 




WWII Veteran Frank D. Harrison Interview

Interview with World II Veteran Frank D. Harrison at Delaney Street Baptist Church in Orlando, FL, August 8th, 2010. Veteran  Harrison retired as a Lieutenant Colonel after serving his country for 25 years in the United States Air Force. Serving our country is the most proud accomplishment of his life. He served in World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War. He says, "I   was never personally a hero, but I had the very great honor of serving with some of our nation's greatest heroes". He recalls  flying with WWII flying ace Richard Bong and  General Chesley Peterson, the  first American Commander of the RAF Eagle Squadron. Veteran  Harrison remembers the patriotism present at VJ Day and wishes we could return to it. He treasures the freedom of living in America and encourages future generations to show more patriotism.




WWII Veteran Jerry Kinsley Interview Part I

Interview with World War II Veteran Jerry Kinsley at St. James Cathedral in Orlando, FL, August 12th, 2010.

Veteran Kinsley served in the 90th Naval Construction Battalion in and around Japan. A contracter by profession, Mr. Kinsley was at work building  the plant  for the  atomic bomb when he  quit to serve in the military. He saw many boys coming back from the war who had lost limbs and he thought "I got to do something to help".  He went directly to the volunteer office on Orange Avenue  in downtown Orlando and volunteered. A week after bootcamp he was in Pearl Harbor: "It was pretty well shot up. I saw a lot of ships on their  sides in the harbor."

Serving in WWII showed him "You can help other people." He is proud  he was a part of WWII and that we did win. He says, "It is unbelievable we could be in the spot we were in with nothing and in a year's time we got more boats, planes, jeeps than there were in the rest of the world. Pretty good accomplishment for the boys fighting in WWII." Hear his firsthand account of these historic events. 




Mr. Jerry Kinsley Interview Part II

Interview with Mr. Jerry Kinsley, at Saint James Cathedral in Orlando, FL on August 12th, 2010.

Mr. Kinsley recalls coming to Orlando in 1939 and marrying  his wife, Elizabeth, at Saint James Catholic Church in downtown Orlando in 1941, when it was still a little wooden church. His daughter, Patricia, remembers the beautiful sound her dress shoes made on the church floor. She shares the memories with her husband, Al Stinson, of raising their four children at Saint James Cathedral Church and school.




WWII Veteran Cecil Rice Interview

Interview with World War II Veteran Cecil Rice at Delaney Street Baptist Church in Orlando, FL, August 15th, 2010. Veteran Rice served as a Pharmacy Mate in the United States Navy and on the H.M.A.S., His Majesty's Australian Ship, Warramunga. Australia did not have any medical technicians of their own so the United States loaned them some. Veteran Rice's tour of duty in the U.S. Navy included working in hospitals and with the invasion forces in Borneo, New Guinea, throughout the  Philippines and the South China Sea. Regarding his military service he says, "Makes you proud to do your little bit for your country... I treasure living in a free country. It has been good to me." He hopes future generations will do the same thing he did and a lot of fellow people who served in WWII: "I'd like them to protect our country."




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