Streaming Media


0:01 Introduction; 0:43 Childhood; 2:12 Decision to Join Navy; 3:49 Boot Camp Experience; 4:45 Naval Fire Training; 5:47 Temperature and Pressure Maintenance; 6:44 Assignment to the U.S.S. Strong; 8:08 Testing the New Ship; 8:40 Type and Class of the U.S.S. Strong; 9:27 Types of Missions for Destroyers; 9:48 Role in North Africa Campaign; 10:56 Earning the Nickname “Night Raiders“; 12:32 “The Suicide Task Force“; 13:38 Sinking of the U.S.S. Strong; 17:20 Naval Buddy System; 19:32 U.S.S. Chevalier Intentionally Rams Damaged U.S.S. Strong; 20:45 Personal Location and Events During Sinking; 21:30 Abandoning Ship; 22:50 Depth Charge Explosion and Rescue; 25:48 Casualties; 26:41 Personal Injuries; 28:37 “Japanese Charlie“; 28:28 Red Cross Phone Call Home; 30:05 Transfer to New Caledonia; 30:52 Treasure Island and Return to States; 32:17 Observation at Long Island Hospital; 33:20 Discharge from Navy; 33:47 Feelings About the End of the War; 34:44 Becoming an Electrician; 35:47 Navy‘s Impact on Future Employment; 37:00 Navy Radar‘s Impact on Naval Warfare; 39:52 Forming Personal Business; 40:18 Casualties in the Engine and Fire Room; 41:44 Final Thoughts and Conclusion

Place of Birth

Orlando (Fla.)




White - Non Hispanic

War or Conflict

World War II

Interview Date


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


Department of History, University of Central Florida


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