Oral History interview of Robert Hoenshel. Interview conducted by Skora, Jared at Veteran's Home.
0:31 Learned to fly; 1:54 Coast Guard License to operate boats; 2:15 Job as Captain of Yacht; 3:42 Received Commission; 4:52 Received orders to USS Hamilton; 6:20 Convoy to England letters; 7:06 Escorted Convoy to Iceland; 7:34 Pick up & Tow Navy Ship; 9:20 Ship torpedoed; 10:48 Rescued by Destroyer; 11:55 Assigned as a Navigator; 15:29 Talks about a friend; 17:34 Escort for Convoy to England; 18:46 Problems with Convoy; 19:49 Went back to help; 21:30 Ship was rammed; 24:42 Saved men from sinking ship; 42:00 Testified against captain; 24:42 Discusses other places visited; 27:00 Transferred to Resupply Ship as Executive Officer; 27:50 Discussed his home town; 28:10 Job in printing business; 29:10 Job in fabric business as Advertising Manager; 30:34 Moves to Florida (Winter Haven in 1962); 31:00 Moved to Jacksonville; 33:45 Retired in 1977; 34:21 Moved to Orlando in 1981.
Date of Birth
Place of Birth
White - Non Hispanic
War or Conflict
World War II
Begin/End date of Service - 1st
Entrance into Service
Branch of Service
U.S. Coast Guard
Unit of Service
USCGC Alexander Hamilton, USCGC Algonquin, USS Marchand (DE-249), FS 151
Location of Service
Lieutenant Commander; LCDR
Prisoner of War
Service Related Injury
Jr. Officer of Deck on Board when Hamilton was torpedoed 1/29/1942
Convoy Escort to Iceland.
City of Birth
Country of Birth
Location of Interview
Hoenshel, Robert L.; World War, 1939-1945 -- Personal narratives; United States. Coastal surveillance
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, "Hoenshel, Robert Lewis interview" (2013). Veterans Oral Histories. 135.