Oral History interview of Raymond Jones. Interview conducted by Orleman, Andrew at University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL.
0:01 Introduction; 0:45 Growing up in California/St. Petersburg, FL; 1:30 Parent's occupations; 2:32 Early education in Florida; 3:30 Applying for the Naval Academy; 4:00 Describing the Naval Academy; 5:50 The difficulties of the Academy; 7:05 Summer program "boot camp"; 9:11 Choosing the submarine force/submarine training; 11:10 The state of the Navy when Mr. Jones entered into force; 12:07 First assignment - USS Greyback; 14:45 First tour on a submarine; 17:08 Qualifying in Submarines; 18:15 Interviewing for "nuclear power"; 19:55 Nuclear power training; learning about reactors; 22:30 The navy's expansion during this time; 23:40 USS Daniel Webster; 25:51 Working with submarine auxiliary systems; 27:27 Mr. Jones describes the routine of a nuclear submarine/life on a submarine; 31:31 Discussing the possibility of nuclear war - "On the Beach"; 32:42 Mutually assured destruction; 34:21 Being caught in a storm off of Iceland - repairs on the fly; 37:36 Nuclear power training unit, New York; 41:31 Being away from the family; communicating with the family; 44:24 Moving to fast attack ships; 45:39 Observing the Soviets; 47:20 Executive officer of a ballistic submarine; 49:03 Working for Admiral Rickover; 52:38 Commanding the USS L. Mendel Rivers; 54:40 "The Cold War was different" - thoughts on the Cold War; 56:08 Living quarters on a submarine – enlisted; 57:33 Living quarters – officers; 1:00:33 Most memorable experiences; 1:02:42 Messing with Russian intelligence trawlers; "blow sanitary"; 1:03:43 Being washed overboard; 1:07:16 Advice to someone entering into the Navy today; 1:09:57 Closing thoughts; 1:11:01 Interview ends.
Date of Birth
Place of Birth
War or Conflict
Cold War Era
Begin/End date of Service - 1st
Entrance into Service
Branch of Service
Location of Service
North Pacific; North America; Mediterranean; North Atlantic
Rear Admiral; RADM
Prisoner of War
Service Related Injury
Submarine Service; 15 strategic Missile patrols; 1 Mediterranean deployment; 13 North Atlantic patrols.
1960 Graduate of U.S Naval Academy; Submarines Served on: USS Grayback (SSG 574) 3 patrols- North Pacific ; USS Daniel Webster (SSBN- 626) 4 patrols; USS Lafayette (SSBN- 616) 4 patrols; USS Spadefish (SSN-668) 2 N. American patrols ; USS Von Steuben (SSBN-636) 4 patrols; USS L. Mendel Rivers (SSN 686) 1 Mediterranean, 1 North Atlantic.
City of Birth
Country of Birth
Location of Interview
University of Central Florida Orlando, FL.
Jones, Raymond G.; Cold War -- 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
Length of Interview
Department of History, University of Central Florida
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Raymond, Jones George, "Jones, Raymond George interview" (2014). Veterans Oral Histories. 248.