OH 1301

His experiences aboard the PT boat tender USS Jamestown and the rocket launching ships LCIR-74 and LCIR-34 in the Pacific Theater during World War II. Enlistment in the Navy at age seventeen in 1937; assignment aboard the cruiser USS Northampton, 1937, as a machinist’s mate; diesel mechanics school, New London, Connecticut, 1941; assignment to the converted yacht USS Jamestown, 1941; conversion of the Jamestown into a PT boat tender, 1941; transfer to the Pacific and operations in the Solomon Islands, 1942; supporting and servicing PT boat squadrons while based at Tulagi; his work overhauling Packard engines for PT boats; move to Rendova, 1943; return to the States, 1944; his steady advancement through the enlisted ranks and promotion to ensign, 1944; assignment to the LCIR-74 at New Guinea, 1944; Leyte Gulf landings, 1944; his first command, LCIR-34, 1945; preparations for the invasion of Japan; subsequent postwar career and promotion to admiral; influence of his widowed mother on his naval career.

About this Oral History

Physical Description 50 pp.
Terms of Use Open
Interviewer(s) William J. Alexander
Date of Interview October 3, 1997

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