Oral history interview of Louis Frank Hanks. Interview conducted by Leland Louis Hanks at home of Louis Hanks, Vero Beach, Florida.
[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
Place of Birth
War or Conflict
World War II
Begin/End date of Service - 1st
Entrance into Service
Branch of Service
Chief Guided Missileman
Prisoner of War
Service Related Injury
See video for details.
City of Birth
Country of Birth
Hanks, Leland Louis
Location of Interview
Home of Louis Hanks, Vero Beach, FL.
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
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
Hanks, Leland L.
Length of Interview
Department of History, University of Central Florida
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UCF Community Veterans History Project
Louis, Hanks Frank, "Hanks, Louis Frank interview" (2011). Veterans Oral Histories. 47.