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Description

Oral history interview of Louis Frank Hanks. Interview conducted by Leland Louis Hanks at home of Louis Hanks, Vero Beach, Florida.

Log

[NO MINUTE MARKS] Early childhood; Moved during Depression; Post-high school careers and recruited into Navy; Navy training in San Diego; Assigned to USS Saratoga; On Saratoga at time of Pearl Harbor; From Pearl Harbor - battles in Japanese region; Battle in Rebal; Joined Allied Fleet and attacked Sumatria; Transferred to USS Pitt in Washington; In the infantry at Zami Shima; On USS Sphinx - test atom bomb at Bikini Island; Ordered to Pensacola Naval station - deep sea diverl; Compress gas school - Virginia; Went to Korea - jumped to USS Lahyte; Developed anti-freeze method for napalm; Guided missile school in California (Ft. Mager); Transferred to White Sands, New Mexico; Guided missile training unit in Indiana; Project Argus - proved Van Allen Belt; Discharged 1959 - worked for Rathern [INDISTINCT] Missile Corp. in California - 5 years; Worked for Navy for 20 years - missiles, long-range planning, department head, security, administrative services; Highlights of career.

Date of Birth

1921-04-26

Place of Birth

Peason (La.)

Gender

Male

Home State

Louisiana

War or Conflict

World War II

Status

Veteran

Begin/End date of Service - 1st

1939-11-08

1959-05-19

Entrance into Service

Enlisted

Branch of Service

U.S. Navy

Highest Rank

Chief Guided Missileman

Prisoner of War

No

Service Related Injury

No

Battles

Unspecified

Medals

Unspecified

Achievements

See video for details.

Note

Not applicable

City of Birth

Peason

Country of Birth

United States

Interviewer

Hanks, Leland Louis

Interview Date

3-22-2011

Location of Interview

Home of Louis Hanks, Vero Beach, FL.

Subjects

Hanks, Louis F.; World War, 1939-1945 -- Personal narratives; Navy; USS Saratoga; Pearl Harbor; Rebal; Sumatria; USS Pitt; Zami Shima; USS Sphinx; Bikini Island; Deep Sea Diving; USS Lahyte; Project Argus

Collection Description

Contains logs, audio and video recordings of interviews with Central Florida's veterans as part of a history class project for the students at the University of Central Florida (UCF). The UCF Community Veterans History Project(CVHP) started in fall 2010. It collects, preserves, and makes accessible to the public the experiences of Central Florida's veterans so that future generations will better understand the realities of conflict. It is a collaborative endeavor supported by multiple departments and offices at UCF. The veterans' histories are archived and made digitally available through the UCF library and selected materials are contributed to the Veterans History Project at the Library of Congress.

Contributor Affiliation / Organization

RICHES; University of Central Florida

Contributors

Hanks, Leland L.

Length of Interview

44 minutes

Publisher

Department of History, University of Central Florida

Type

Video; MovingImage

Rights

All rights are held by the respective holding institution. This material is posted publicly for non-profit educational uses, excluding printed publication. For permission to reproduce and/or for copyright information contact Special Collections and University Archives, University of Central Florida Libraries, (407) 823-2576. http://library.ucf.edu/about/departments/special-collections-university-archives/

Repository

University of Central Florida Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives

Contributing Project

UCF Community Veterans History Project

Document Type

Interview


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