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Description

Oral history interview of Ray W. Johnson, conducted by Adam Rock in St. Petersburg, Florida on March 22, 2018.

Log

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

1928-08-08

Place of Birth

Tampa (Fla.)

Gender

Male

Race

White - Non Hispanic

Home State

Florida

War or Conflict

World War II

Status

Veteran

Begin/End date of Service - 1st

1943-08-08

1947-08-08

Entrance into Service

Enlisted

Branch of Service

U.S. Navy

Unit of Service

Enterprise - CV 6

Location of Service

Fort Leonard Wood (Mo.); Itazuke Air Base (Japan)

Highest Rank

Machinist's Mate 2nd Class Petty Officer; MM2

Prisoner of War

No

Service Related Injury

Unspecified

Battles

Unknown

Medals

Navy Presidential Unit Citation Ribbon

Achievements

Plane Caption- One Particular plane.

Note

The veteran was in New York Navy Day and Navy Pier, Chicago.

City of Birth

Tampa

Country of Birth

US

Interviewer

Rock, Adam

Interview Date

Spring 3-22-2018

Location of Interview

Masonic Home of Florida, St. Petersburg, FL

Subjects

Johnson, Ray W.; World War, 1939-1945 -- Personal Narratives; United States. Navy

Collection Description

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

Contributors

Rock, Adam

Length of Interview

27 Minutes

Publisher

Department of History, University of Central Florida

Type

Video; MovingImage

Rights

All rights are held by the respective holding institution. This material is posted publicly for non-profit educational uses, excluding printed publication. For permission to reproduce and/or for copyright information contact Special Collections and University Archives, University of Central Florida Libraries, (407) 823-2576. http://library.ucf.edu/about/departments/special-collections-university-archives/

Repository

University of Central Florida Libraries, Special Collections & University Archives

Contributing Project

UCF Community Veterans History Project

Document Type

Interview

Semester

Spring


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