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Oral history interview of Ray Johnson, conducted in St. Petersburg Florida on March 22nd, 2018. Date of birth and family history growing up; Elementary education; Family members in the service; Employment history before the Navy; Why he chose the Navy; Why he chose the Navy; Recollections of the Attack at Pearl Harbor; Basic Training in Jacksonville; Naval Aircraft Maintenance School; The role of a plane captain on board of a carrier; First impressions of the USS Enterprise; Recalls what his typical duty as a plane captain consisted of; Memories of Navy Day in New York harbor; Leave in New York City; Communicating with family during the war; Time in the Naval Reserves; Most Memorable part of his Naval service; Why he ultimately left the Navy; Traveling the country on his motorcycle after the war; Lasting influence of life in the Navy/ military service; Documents collection; Conclusion.

Date of Birth




Interview Date

Spring 3-22-2018

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

Length of Interview

90 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