Oral History interview of Roland Lee. Interview conducted by Pratt, Sara at Lee's Residence.
0:23 Introduction of veteran; 1:08 Biographical questions – birth, education; 1:57 Family biographical information; 5:34 Enlisted in service - age and reason; 7:55 Unit placed in; 9:13 Basic Training experience; 10:42 Bases stationed at during training; 12:10 Every day routine during training; 15:07 Army ranking; 16:33 Experience in England; 17:35 Experience of missions; 19:50 Relationship with crew and other comrades; 23:50 Opinion of leaders; 25:25 Experience under attack; 28:15 What went through veteran's mind during missions; 30:00 Wounded in service; 34:40 Awards and medals received; 36:12 Wounded in Florida; 38:10 Discharged from active duty; 39:41 Thoughts on time serving; 41:00 Being in the reserves; 44:45 Civilian activities since retiring from the reserves.
Date of Birth
Place of Birth
Punta Gorda (Fla.)
White - Non Hispanic
War or Conflict
World War II
Begin/End date of Service - 1st
Entrance into Service
Branch of Service
Unit of Service
9th Air Corps; Army corps
Lieutenant Colonel; LTC
Prisoner of War
Service Related Injury
Distinguished Flying Cross; Air Medal; Purple Heart
See video for details.
Awarded 12 Air medals. 66 combat missions - navigator on B-26, over France, Belgium, and Holland.
City of Birth
Country of Birth
Location of Interview
Lee, Roland M.; World War, 1939-1945 -- Personal narratives; United States. Air Force; 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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Roland, Lee M., "Lee, Roland M. interview" (2012). Veterans Oral Histories. 110.