Oral History interview of Richard Roberts. Interview conducted by Foster, Jonathan at Veteran's Residence.
0:02 Birthplace; 0:17 Childhood; 0:48 Education; 2:07 Siblings; 2:28 Why Join the Navy; 3:29 Being Shot Down; 5:08 Flight Training; 7:12 Childhood (Continued); 8:40 Favorite Aspects of Service; 10:01 Christmas Eve 1945; 12:17 Being Shot Down (Continued); 16:28 Prisoners of War; 17:07 Naval Engagements; 17:58 Kamikaze Attacks; 18:40 Iwo Jima Experience; 19:50 Pearl Harbor 1940; 20:16 Recreation; 22:28 San Francisco, Getting Married; 24:46 Mail Correspondence; 22:51 Granted Leave; 27:19 Seabees; 29:01 Death; 30:15 Changes; 32:29 Civilian Life; 34:17 Favorite Tour; 35:04 Medals and Citations; 35:52 Reminiscing About the Navy; 37:39 Keeping In Touch; 38:28 Helicopter Training Command; 40:06 Traveling the World; 41:18 Closing Comments; 41:35 End of Interview.
Date of Birth
Place of Birth
War or Conflict
World War II
Begin/End date of Service - 1st
Entrance into Service
Branch of Service
Unit of Service
Patrol 23; 101st Squadron; Air University Staff School; USS San Jacinto Aircraft Carrier
Location of Service
Philippines; New Jersey; Pearl Harbor (Hawaii); Norfolk (Va.); Japan
Prisoner of War
Service Related Injury
Battle of the Philippine Sea; Battle of Guam; Battle of Saipan; Battle of Iwo Jima; Battle of Okinawa
Shot down on 3rd day of war - landed plane on water and fixed in 2 days; Nine naval battles; flew last plane out of Philippines to Java Christmas Eve 1945; 2500 hrs. flight time; Flew multiple aircraft - fighters, patrol planes, torpedo planes, etc. Helicopter Squadron in NJ Training Squadron; George Bush Sr. was on AC carrier when shot down over Iwo Jima; Command of Fleet Intelligence Unit in charge of targeting. Been to 60 Countries in lifetime. Served on city council post military and traveled with wife.
Legally blind, somewhat hard of hearing.
City of Birth
Country of Birth
Location of Interview
Roberts, Richard; 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, "Richards, Robert interview" (2016). Veterans Oral Histories. 502.