Oral history interview of Ray W. Johnson, conducted by Adam Rock in St. Petersburg, Florida on March 22, 2018.
0:55 Family history and Father's maritime career in Florida; 2:43 Elementary education; 3:13 Family members in the service; 5:08 Employment history before the Navy; 5:40 Why he chose the Navy; 5:55 Recollections of the Attack at Pearl Harbor; 7:57 Basic Training in Jacksonville; 9:03 Naval Aircraft Maintenance School; 10:40 The role of a plane captain on board of a carrier; 11:29 First impressions of the USS Enterprise; 12:22 Recalls what his typical duty as a plane captain consisted of; 13:34 Memories of Navy Day in New York harbor; 14:20 Leave in New York City; 14:43 Communicating with family during the war; 17:15 Time in the Naval Reserves; 18:02 Most Memorable part of his Naval service; 18:55 Why he ultimately left the Navy; 20:00 Traveling the country on his motorcycle after the war; 23:27 Lasting influence of life in the Navy/ military service; 25:13 Conclusion; 25:26 Documents collection.
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
802 Combat Engineers, SCARWARF Division/Program
Location of Service
Fort Leonard Wood (Mo.); Itazuke Air Base (Japan)
Prisoner of War
Service Related Injury
Army Good Conduct Medal
Operated Caterpillar to help extend airport runway and hard stands for use in Vietnam War.
City of Birth
Country of Birth
Location of Interview
Lake Nona VA Medical Center, Orlando, FL
Johnson, Ray W.; World War, 1939-1945 -- Personal Narratives; United States. Army
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, "Johnson, Ray W. interview" (2018). Veterans Oral Histories. 594.