Oral History interview of Richard Roberts. Interview conducted by Webb, Joshua at Veteran's Home in Altamonte Springs, FL.
0:07 Introduction; 0:37 Early Life/ Childhood; 0:56 Volunteering for Flight Training; 1:27 Family's Reaction to Military Service; 1:48 Reason for selecting Navy over Army Air Corps; 2:04 Naval Air Training; 2:51 Routine of Flight Training/ Reflection on effect of Flight training; 3:35 Locations of Mrs. Roberts' Flight Training before World War II; 4:51 Views of Florida and early training; 5:47 Receiving Commission/ First Assignment; 6:57 Leave in Honolulu; 7:48 Transfer to the Philippines; 9:30 Recollection of being shot down in the first hours of World War II; 12:49 Reason for early promotions; 13:17 Service in the Pacific before returning to the United States; 14:52 Responsibilities on Aircraft Carriers; 15:56 Command School Service and subsequent responsibilities; 17:31 Responsibilities as Flag Lieutenant for Vice Admiral Montgomery; 18:33 Medals and places of service; 19:09 Views about the United States' decision to drop the bomb; 19:42 Reason for Retirement; 20:12 Transition to Civilian Life/ Life after Military Service; 21:25 Contact with other Veterans; 21:51 Reflection on his military service; 23:27 Maintaining Contact with Family during the War/ Censorship; 23:56 Advice for people considering military service/ Value of Military Service; 25:05 Conclusion.
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
Location of Service
Honolulu (Hawaii); Philippines; Pacific Area
Prisoner of War
Service Related Injury
Bronze Star Medal
Went through nine major operations.
Won 15 awards.
City of Birth
Country of Birth
Location of Interview
Veteran's Home in Altamonte Springs, FL.
Roberts, Richard S.; 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, "Roberts, Richard S. interview" (2015). Veterans Oral Histories. 346.