Streaming Media


Oral History interview of Philip Rogers. Interview conducted by Hiltz, Killian at University of Central Florida- Orlando, FL.


0:00 Introduction; 0:37 Childhood; 1:10 Education; 2:15 Family; 2:35 Family Military History; 3:08 Becoming a Commissioned Officer; 07:06 Training; 07:45 Family Reaction; 09:03 Pearl Harbor, Hawaii; 11:40 Further Training; 13:15 The Nathan Hale; 13:52 Life on the Nathan Hale; 14:50 The Nathan Hale Crew; 15:25 Time in Hawaii; 16:27 Incidents in Hawaii; 17:35 Moments that stood out during Active Duty; 18:47 Transition from Active to Reserve; 20:05 Influential People; 21:28 Reserve Service Stories; 22:21 Life in the Navy during the Reagan Years; 23:15 The Berlin Wall; 24:14 The Clinton Years; 24:45 Final Years in the Reserves; 25:08 Other Job; 25:20 Life after the Navy; 25:20 American Public View of the Military; 26:42 Dealing with UCF in the Navy; 27:32 Mr. Rogers' Wife; 27:32 Ms. Rogers' time in Hawaii; 29:00 The events of 9/11; 30:44 Friends still Active Duty; 31:06 Lessons Learned from the Navy; 32:42 Message for the Young People of America; 33:55 Becoming an Employee of UCF; 34:45 When did Mr. Rogers become move to Orlando; 35:05 Final Thoughts; 35:30 Conclusion.

Date of Birth


Place of Birth

New York (N.Y.)




White - Non Hispanic

Home State

New York

War or Conflict

Cold War Era



Begin/End date of Service - 1st



Entrance into Service


Branch of Service

U.S. Navy

Unit of Service

Naval Nuclear Power School (Staff Instructor); Nathan Hale SSBN 623G; Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard; Naval Reserves

Location of Service


Highest Rank

Commander; CDR

Prisoner of War


Service Related Injury



Navy Achievement Medal; Navy Commendation Medal


Selected by Admiral Hyman G Rickover to instruct at US Navy Nuclear Power School. Taught Nuclear Engineering Principles, Heat Transfer, Fluid Flow, Chemistry, Material Science, Physics to Officer and Enlisted personnel; Assistant Engineer USS Nathan Hale. Performed Duties as Ship Superintendent for Nuclear Submarines at Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard; Performed Duties as Training Officer, Executive Officer, and Commanding Officer for five Naval Reserve Engineering Units.


Retired October 1998.

City of Birth

New York

Country of Birth

United States


Hiltz, Killian

Interview Date


Location of Interview

University of Central Florida- Orlando, FL.


Rogers, Philip; 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


Hiltz, Killian

Length of Interview

36 Minutes


Department of History, University of Central Florida


Video; MovingImage


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