Streaming Media


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.



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