Oral History interview of Bob Saxton. Interview conducted by Gray, Matthew at Veteran's Residence.
0:25 Birth place and date; 0:40 Parents Occupation; 1:02 Family size growing up; 1:14 Education before the service; 2:55 Family in the military; 3:11 Joining the Navy; 3:39 Experience at Boot Camp; 4:03 Memories of Boot Camp; 5:05 Experience dealing with Boot Camp Instructors; 5:28 Advanced Training; 6:38 Being a Gunner, 3in 50mm; 6:50 First assignment in the Navy; 9:25 An overview of assignments in the Navy; 10:47 Invasion of Iwo Jima; 12:35 Invasion of Okinawa; 14:36 Long duty hours during Okinawa; 16:48 Returning to the United States; 17:36 Going to sick bay for his eye; 18:21 Medical Discharge from the Navy; 18:31 Spending time in San Francisco after discharge; 19:15 Phone call from brother asking him to come home; 19:33 Going back to high school and starting college; 21:13 Routine day on the U.S.S. New York; 23:09 Staying in touch with family in the Navy; 25:31 Sailors entertainment on ships; 27:17 Humorous event involving mistaking a planet as a target; 29:52 Medals and Awards; 30:00 Highest Rank achieved in the Navy; 30:15 Occupation after leaving the Military; 32:09 Keeping in touch with people in the Navy; 34:24 Death of best friend in the Navy; 35:50 Working at Light style company; 37:30 Gained a contractors license; 39:12 Conclusion.
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
USS New York (BB-34), Gunnery school on the USS Wyoming (BB 32)
Location of Service
South Pacific Ocean
Seamen 1st Class
Prisoner of War
Service Related Injury
Battle of Iwo Jima
Combat Action Ribbon
Gunner- 3 in. 50 mm.
Awarded two battle stars on combat ribbon.
City of Birth
Country of Birth
Location of Interview
Saxton, Bob; 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
Length of Interview
Department of History, University of Central Florida
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Central Florida, RICHES of, "Saxton, Bob interview" (2016). Veterans Oral Histories. 511.