OH 1420 | Oral History

OH 1420

His experiences in the Pacific Theater during World War II. His youth and student days at Ohio University; enrollment in the Navy Aviation Cadet Program, 1940; primary flight training, Camp Gordon, Georgia, 1940-41; basic and advanced flight training, Corpus Christi, Texas, 1941-42; his decision to leave naval aviation; Midshipman’s School, Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, 1942; assignment to APc-21, East Boothbay, Maine, 1942; voyage of APc-21 from Maine to Brisbane, Australia; operations off the coast of New Guinea with the VII Amphibious Force, 1943; providing escort duty for LCTs during assaults along the coast of New Guinea; the sinking of APc-21 by Japanese planes off New Britain Island, December, 1943; recuperation in New Guinea; his return to the States and assignment to new construction, ATR-22, at Camden, Maine, 1944; transfer to fleet tug ATA-182 as commanding officer, 1944; convoy duty in the South Pacific, 1944-45; his experiences in riding out a typhoon; disposal of Navy equipment after the war; his return to the States, discharge, and postwar career.

About this Oral History

Physical Description 118 pp
Terms of Use Open
Interviewer(s) William J. Alexander
Date of Interview February 7, 2001

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