Streaming Media


Oral History interview of Bob Saxton. Interview conducted by Gray, Matthew at Veteran's Residence.


0:25 Birth place and date; 0:40 Parents Occupation; 1:02 Family size growing up; 1:14 Education before the service; 2:55 Family in the military; 3:11 Joining the Navy; 3:39 Experience at Boot Camp; 4:03 Memories of Boot Camp; 5:05 Experience dealing with Boot Camp Instructors; 5:28 Advanced Training; 6:38 Being a Gunner, 3in 50mm; 6:50 First assignment in the Navy; 9:25 An overview of assignments in the Navy; 10:47 Invasion of Iwo Jima; 12:35 Invasion of Okinawa; 14:36 Long duty hours during Okinawa; 16:48 Returning to the United States; 17:36 Going to sick bay for his eye; 18:21 Medical Discharge from the Navy; 18:31 Spending time in San Francisco after discharge; 19:15 Phone call from brother asking him to come home; 19:33 Going back to high school and starting college; 21:13 Routine day on the U.S.S. New York; 23:09 Staying in touch with family in the Navy; 25:31 Sailors entertainment on ships; 27:17 Humorous event involving mistaking a planet as a target; 29:52 Medals and Awards; 30:00 Highest Rank achieved in the Navy; 30:15 Occupation after leaving the Military; 32:09 Keeping in touch with people in the Navy; 34:24 Death of best friend in the Navy; 35:50 Working at Light style company; 37:30 Gained a contractors license; 39:12 Conclusion.

Date of Birth


Place of Birth

Wellsville (N.Y.)




White - Non Hispanic

Home State

New York

War or Conflict

World War II




Entrance into Service


Branch of Service

U.S. Navy

Unit of Service

USS New York (BB-34), Gunnery school on the USS Wyoming

Location of Service

South Pacific Ocean

Highest Rank

Seamen 1st Class

Service Related Injury



Battle of Iwo Jima


Combat Action Ribbon


Gunner- 3 in. 50 mm.


Awarded two battle stars on combat ribbon.

City of Birth


Country of Birth

United States


Gray, Matthew

Interview Date

Fall 11-29-2016

Location of Interview

Orlando, Florida


Saxton, Bob; World War, 1939-1945 -- 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


Gray, Matthew

Length of Interview

39 Minutes


Department of History, University of Central Florida


video / mp4 DVD


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 & University Archives

Contributing Project

UCF Community Veterans History Project

Document Type