Veterans Oral Histories

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Document Type

Video

Interview Date

11-7-2011

Abstract

0:17-0:25 Born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA; lived in an orphanage from age 5-13; 0:30-1:30 Married wife; in 1957 later moved to Florida for a communications job; siblings; 1:30-2:15 Dad served in WWI; would only sign waver is son joined Navy; 2:18-2:29 Wanted to enlist even though he could have been deferred; 2:30-3:24 11/2/42: Enlisted with five friends; 3:26-4:00 Went to Great Lakes Naval Training Center for 6-8 weeks; Brother’s naval experience, MIA status and their Christmas reunion; 4:01-4:55 What made him want to go in the Navy; 5:00-5:29 Wasn’t happy on the ship he was assigned to because it was small; Maintained the sound equipment and operate it below deck;5:30-6:27 How the asbestos on the ship caused him lung problems; 6:28-7:45 How he adjusted to Navy life; compares to life in orphanage; 7:46-8:43 Maintained equipment/operated equipment; in charge of 3 people; 8:50-9:48 Shared disappointment with friend who served on PC boat; 9:50-12:38 The relationships the crew developed allowed for a relaxed environment; the relationships he and the men whom with he served developed; 12:44-13:58 What he did to pass the time on the water;14:00-15:52 Description of the USO show he saw in Tarawa; 15:55-17:20 Time in the Solomon Islands in the Pacific based on Guadalcanal Dec ‘43; 17:22-19:24 Exploring the Soloman Islands with a friend and capture by Marines; 19:25-20:50 What the American Theatre was like – submarine war; 20:51-23:55 His ship’s purpose and its effectiveness; use of sonar; 23:57-24:29 In the Pacific from May ’43 – Dec. ‘43; 24:30-25:30 Strategy of German submarines and their communication encryptions; 25:31-28:19 Getting stationed in the Pacific Theatre and his experiences there; Japanese submarines; 28:20-31:33 What his duties were as a Petty Officer Second Class and a Sonar Man; 31:35-33:55 Having women aboard the ship; 34:00-37:15 R&R in Australia around Christmas in 1944; 37:16-38:50 Getting to see New York and Havana Cuba; 38:51-41:58 How he communicated with people back home/Microfilm letters; How he met his wife; 41:59-45:11 Where he was when the war ended; air-sea rescue; What his trip home, and his arrival back in the US was like (Seattle); 45:12-46:45 Sent to Philadelphia Navy Yard for discharge; Navy losing his records; 46:46-49:28 Sent to Cape May New Jersey service in the Cold War; final discharge; 49:30-53:39 Adjusting to civilian life; What he learned in the Navy that stuck with him as a civilian; How his wartime experiences affected his life; 53:40-54:44 Showing his ship models and details the ships; 54:45-58:27 Two times he came closest to death in the war

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