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Oral History interview of Raymond Jones. Interview conducted by Orleman, Andrew at UCF Orlando, FL.


00:00 Introduction; 00:45 Growing up in California/St. Petersburg, FL; 01:30 Parent's occupations; 02:32 Early education in Florida; 03:30 Applying for the Naval Academy; 04:00 Describing the Naval Academy; 05:50 The difficulties of the Academy; 07:05 Summer program "boot camp"; 09:11 Choosing the submarine force/submarine training; 11:10 The state of the Navy when Mr. Jones entered into force; 12:07 First assignment - USS Greyback; 14:45 First tour on a submarine; 17:08 Qualifying in Submarines; 18:15 Interviewing for "nuclear power"; 19:55 Nuclear power training; learning about reactors; 22:30 The navy's expansion during this time; 23:40 USS Daniel Webster; 25:51 Working with submarine auxiliary systems; 27:27 Mr. Jones describes the routine of a nuclear submarine/life on a submarine; 31:31 Discussing the possibility of nuclear war - "On the Beach"; 32:42 Mutually assured destruction; 34:21 Being caught in a storm off of Iceland - repairs on the fly; 37:36 Nuclear power training unit, New York; 41:31 Being away from the family; communicating with the family; 44:24 Moving to fast attack ships; 45:39 Observing the Soviets; 47:20 Executive officer of a ballistic submarine; 49:03 Working for Admiral Rickover; 52:38 Commanding the USS L. Mendel Rivers; 54:40 "The Cold War was different" - thoughts on the Cold War; 56:08 Living quarters on a submarine – enlisted; 57:33 Living quarters – officers; 1:00:33 Most memorable experiences; 1:02:42 Messing with Russian intelligence trawlers; "blow sanitary"; 1:03:43 Being washed overboard; 1:07:16 Advice to someone entering into the Navy today; 1:09:57 Closing thoughts; 1:11:01 Interview ends.

Date of Birth


Place of Birth

Honolulu (Hawaii)



Home State


War or Conflict

Cold War Era



Begin/End date of Service - 1st



Entrance into Service


Branch of Service

U.S. Navy

Location of Service

North Pacific; North America; Mediterrantean; North Atlantic

Highest Rank

Rear Admiral; RADM

Prisoner of War


Service Related Injury



Submarine Service; 15 strategic Missile patrols; 1 Mediterranean deployment; 13 North Atlantic patrols.


1960 Graduate of U.S Naval Academy; Submarines Served on: USS Grayback (SSG 574) 3 patrols- North Pacific ; USS Daniel Webster (SSBN- 626) 4 patrols; USS Lafayette (SSBN- 616) 4 patrols; USS Spadefish (SSN-668) 2 N. American patrols ; USS Von Steuben (SSBN-636) 4 patrols; USS L. Mendel Rivers (SSN 686) 1 Mediterranean, 1 North Atlantic.

City of Birth


Country of Birth

United States


Orleman, Andrew

Interview Date


Location of Interview

UCF Orlando, FL.


Jones, Raymond G.; Cold War -- Personal Narratives; United States. Navy

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


Orleman, Andrew

Length of Interview

71 Minutes


Department of History, University of Central Florida


MovingImage; Video


All rights are held by the respective holding institution. This material is posted publicly for non-profit educational uses, excluding printed publication. For permission to reproduce and/or for copyright information contact Special Collections and University Archives, University of Central Florida Libraries, (407) 823-2576.


University of Central Florida Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives

Contributing Project

UCF Community Veterans History Project

Document Type