Oral history interview of Eugene Roberts. Interview conducted by Joan Brownlow at Mr. Roberts' home.
0:40 Rank Mr. Roberts reached while in the Navy; 2:20 Reasons for joining the Navy; 5:00 Earliest memories of Navy training school; 14:30 Contact with family during training in Navy; 16:00 Life at sea; 21:00 Unusual events experienced while overseas; 22:00 Being discharged from the Navy; 23:00 Thoughts on Navy organization; 24:00 What Mr. Roberts did in the weeks after the war; 27:00 Postwar college life and the G. I. Bill; 29:00 College experience at Washington University; 34:00 Life after school; 38:00 Life as an engineer; 39:00 Working at Lockheed Martin; 40:00 How did military experience affect thinking on military in general; 44:00 Final thoughts on training in the U. S.
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
Location of Service
Illinois; California; Chicago (Ill.); Guam
Electronics Technician Petty Officer 2nd Class; ET2
Prisoner of War
Service Related Injury
Obtaining his Engineer degree from Washington University where he designed the "Thing," a two-wheeled radio operated car
In electronics training during WWII. On board ship in the South Pacific during V-J Day.
City of Birth
Country of Birth
Brownlow, Joan H.
Location of Interview
Mr. Roberts' patio
Roberts, Eugene; 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
Brownlow, Joan H.
Length of Interview
Department of History, University of Central Florida
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Eugene, Roberts, "Roberts, Eugene interview" (2010). Veterans Oral Histories. 17.