Lt. James Robinson and his wife Betty

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Lt. James Robinson and his wife Betty

Lt. James Robinson and his wife Betty

August 30, 2016

World War II photo of Lieutenant James C. Robinson and his wife Betty Robinson of Orlando. Listen as Jim Robinson describes their life at this time in this excerpt from an oral history interview with Mr. Robinson at his home on Lake Conway, March 11, 2016.

So anyway, we decided to get married and we got married in Orlando, February the fourth, 1944. And we went to Daytona Beach for the weekend honeymoon.

LISTEN Part II (16:56)

And we went back this time to Gainesville and the Army Colonel in charge said, "Well, you're going to OSC- Officer Candidate School." And I said, "Can't somebody else go, I just got married." And he said, "No. You're the only one in this group that has a degree and you will have seniority over everybody." And I said, "I don't want seniority."

I went to Oklahoma, Fort Sill to OCS. Betty stayed at home. It was several months, of course. And the last month she came out there and we got her a room. And she could get the city bus and come out to the fort at supper for an half an hour. But I finally got through and we got finished with it and I became a second lieutenant.... my unit was ordered to go to California to prepare for the invasion of Japan. Well, we no more than got there and the Battle of the Bulge erupted in Europe and my unit was shipped cross country on a train and on a boat and we landed in France. I was sleeping on the bench in a tent, freezing, absolutely freezing. The colonel came around and said, "We've liberated Paris." And two officers and four enlisted men are ordered to go to Paris for R&R, rest and relaxation. And I had just gotten there the night before and I was chosen to go because I spoke some French....

So anyway, we went into Germany and we fought with the Germans. We finally beat the Germans in '45. Then I didn't get to come home because I didn't have any children. You got points for being married and for each child. And so I had to stay there. And Japanese Americans came just to be troops working. And so I didn't get to come home until 1946. And so, of course, we went back to Gainesville and lived together. She worked and I got the GI Bill, $90.00 a month, plus books so we finally finished up. And it was summer, winter two years of law school.

We came to Orlando and I started looking for a job....


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