Oral History interview of Roy Carthen. Interview conducted by Lieblich, Phyllis at Village on the Green in Longwood, Fla.
0:00 Introduction; 00:50 Background information and family; 1:50 Family members in service; 2:03 Education before going into service; 2:08 Reasons for enlisting; 2:37 Familyâ€˜s feelings about enlistment; 2:51 Radio school in Charleston, SC instead of Boot camp; 3:25 Memorable experience in radio school; 4:28 Naval Receiving Station- Norfolk, VA; 5:00 Orders to go to VP-74 of the PBM-1 Squadron; 5:37 Adjusting to assignment in Iceland; 6:48 Learning how to set up death charges; 8:13 Duties while in Iceland; 8:40 Built Tent City for squadrons off-ship; 9:25 Running out of supplies while in Tent City; 10:03 FDRâ€˜s Secret War; 15:15 Working with Allied Forces in Iceland before US entered WWll; 16:24 Secret missions over Mexico; 19:16 Hunting submarines in Newfoundland and Iceland; 20:38 Capturing submarines but unable to take credit; 25:05 Reasons for staying in service after WWII; 27:11 Going to Panama after signing new contract with Navy; 27:18 Plane crash in 1951; 29:07 Changing squadrons and promotions; 30:05 Doing electronic work for Apollo missions and NASA; 32:02 Other work after Navy; 33:43 Participation in veterans groups; 36:15 Influence family to join service; 36:46 Medals; 37:32 End
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
Unit of Service
VP-55; VP-74; VPB-74; VP-45; VP-45; VP-10; VF-82; VP-49; VP-84; VPMS-10
Master Chief Petty Officer; MCPO
FDR‘s Secret War
Air Medal; Presidential Unit Citation
Aviation electronics; 50 and 30 caliber machine Guns.
Mr. Carthen‘s main story is fighting in President FDR‘s Secret War from 1941 to 1942; FDR‘s Secret War (1/1/41-12/7/42).
City of Birth
Country of Birth
Location of Interview
Village on the Green in Longwood, Fla.
Carthen, Roy B.; World War, 1939-1945 -- Personal narratives; United States. Navy
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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Central Florida, RICHES of, "Carthen, Roy B. interview" (2014). Veterans Oral Histories. 266.