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Todd Silverman collection

 Collection — Container: Single Folder Collections - 2006 Box 2 (06.0075-06.0150), Folder: 06.0133 - Folder 1
Identifier: 06.0133

Scope and Contents

This collection relates to Todd Silverman who served in the U.S. Navy as a radio and radar operator on PBY and PBM flying boats in the Pacific Theater Operation during World War II. The collection contains an oral history transcript and photographs.


  • October 28, 2005
  • Event: Majority of material found within 1943-1945
  • Other: Date accessioned: 2006-10-08


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open to all researchers.

Conditions Governing Use

All requests for permission to quote, publish, broadcast or otherwise reproduce from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Associate Dean for Special Collections & Archives. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Florida State University Libraries as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the researcher.

Biographical / Historical

Todd Silverman was born on June 6th, 1925 in Wauchula, Florida. Silverman enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1943, where he was stationed at Jacksonville Naval Air Station through the summer of 1943. He was also posted at the Yellow Water Gunnery School, North Island Naval Air Station, Corpus Christi, Texas, and Banana River, Florida. Silverman served as a radio and radar operator on a PBY and later a PBM flying boat in the Pacific Theater Operation. He participated in the Battle of Okinawa as a member of the Crew 5-R, Unit VPB-21. His plane discovered and subsequently bombed the freighter The Fox Tare Charley in June 1945. During World War II, Silverman spent 1100 hours flying and 300 hours in combat. He received three Air Medals and a Distinguished Flying Cross. Silverman was discharged in April 1946. Following the war, he worked in construction and fruit packing until 1947. Then, using the GI Bill, Silverman attended Florida State University where he studied Business Administration. Silverman graduated in 1952 as a certified public accountant. In the 1960s, Silverman moved to Miami where he worked for the Internal Revenue Service. Todd Silverman passed away on May 26th, 2019 at the age of 93. He is buried at Wauchula Cemetery in Wauchula, FL.


1 folders (1 folder)

Language of Materials


Custodial History

Transferred from the Institute on World War II and the Human Experience to FSU Libraries Special Collections & Archives in July 2022.

Custodial History

This transcript is from the Reichelt Program for Oral History.

Todd Silverman collection
Beatrice Dain
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description

Repository Details

Part of the FSU Special Collections & Archives Repository

116 Honors Way
PO Box 3062047
Tallahassee FL 32306-2047 US