OH 1352

Attorney. His experiences in the Pacific Theater during World War II. Pre-war education, particularly at Culver Military Academy; his decision to enter the Aviation Cadet Program, 1943; basic training, Sheppard Field, Wichita Falls, Texas, 1943; assignment to the 67th College Training Detachment, Ouachita Baptist College, Arkadelphia, Arkansas, 1943; assignment to the Aviation Cadet Classification and Preflight Center, San Antonio, Texas, 1943; pre-flight training, Aviation Cadet Center, San Antonio, 1943; primary flight training, Corsicana, Texas, 1943-44; basic flight training, Majors Field, Greenville, Texas, 1944; advanced flight training, Ellington Field, Houston, Texas, 1944; assignment to the combat replacement and training center, Nadzab, New Guinea, 1944; voluntary assignment to the 63rd Bomb Squadron, Tacloban, Leyte, Philippine Islands, 1944; his accounts of various “snooper” night missions in B-24s to interdict Japanese shipping and supply facilities along the China coast, 1944-45; transfer of the squadron to Clark Field, Manila, Luzon, 1945; his memorable mission to Ulin Harbor, Hainan Island, March 31, 1945; his transfer to the 49th Fighter Group and transition to the P-38 Lightning; P-38 training at Nadzab; assignment to the 7th Fighter Squadron and ground-support missions on Luzon; preparations for the invasion of Japan; transfer to Okinawa, August, 1945; his eye-witness description of Hiroshima after the dropping of the atomic bomb; surveillance missions over Japan after the surrender; lasting effects of his experiences in World War II.

About this Oral History

Physical Description 187 pp.
Terms of Use Open
Interviewer(s) Ronald E. Marcello
Date of Interview December 14, 1999

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