Roy Christensen Of Centennial Remembers Life On The USS Raton

November 11, 2020
Roy Christensen served aboard the USS Raton submarine in the Pacific Ocean during World War II. The 93-year-old U.S. Navy veteran now lives in Centennial.Roy Christensen served aboard the USS Raton submarine in the Pacific Ocean during World War II. The 93-year-old U.S. Navy veteran now lives in Centennial.Courtesy of Roy Christensen
Roy Christensen served aboard the USS Raton submarine in the Pacific Ocean during World War II. The 96-year-old U.S. Navy veteran now lives in Centennial.

Most allied soldiers knew World War II was coming to an end by July 26, 1945. But the message didn't reach Roy Christensen until later. He was aboard the USS Raton, a navy submarine stationed in the Pacific. Ryan Warner met the now 96-year-old veteran at his apartment in Centennial in 2018. Christensen sat in his leather chair and took us back to the 1940s, explaining why he and his shipmates were among the last to know the war had ended.