Oral History Interview with Cleatus A. LeBow, May 2, 2006

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Interview with Cleatus A. LeBow, a serviceman in the U. S. Navy during World War II. LeBow joined the navy in 1943 and went from Lubbock, Texas to San Diego for recruit training. He shipped out to Pearl Harbor aboard an LST from San Francisco. At Pearl Harbor, he was assigned to a work detail aboard the USS Oklahoma, which had just been righted. Shortly thereafter, he boarded the USS Indianapolis to serve as a range finder operator on one of the gun turrets. Upon leaving Hawaii, the Indianapolis went to Tarawa and then the Marshall Islands. LeBow witnessed Japanese civilian suicides on Saipan. He also witnessed the flag-raising on Iwo Jima from his range finder position aboard the ship. LeBow describes being hit by a kamikaze off Okinawa. He also discusses delivering atomic bomb components to Tinian and being torpedoed on the way to the Philippines. He describes abandoning the ship and spending five days in the water, including his faith in God, hallucinations, rescue, and his recovery.

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Creation Date: May 2, 2006
Partner(s):
National Museum of the Pacific War/Admiral Nimitz Foundation
Collection(s):
National Museum of the Pacific War Oral History Collection
Texas Oral History Collection
World War Two Collection
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Place of Publication: Fredericksburg, Texas
Date(s):
  • Creation: May 2, 2006
Coverage:
Place
United States - Texas - Lubbock County - Lubbock
Place
United States - California - San Diego County - San Diego
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United States - California - San Francisco County - San Francisco
Place
United States - Hawaii
Place
Kiribati - Gilbert Group Island Group - Tarawa Atoll
Place
Marshall Islands
Place
Northern Mariana Islands - Saipan Island
Place
Japan - Kanto Region - Tōkyō Metropolis - Ogasawara-gunto Island Group - Kazan-rettō Island Group - Iō-jima Island
Place
Northern Mariana Islands - Tinian Island
Place
Japan - Okinawa Region - Okinawa Prefecture - Okinawa-shotō Island Group - Okinawa-jima Island - Okinawa
Place
Philippines
Era
Into Modern Times, 1939-Present
Description:

Interview with Cleatus A. LeBow, a serviceman in the U. S. Navy during World War II. LeBow joined the navy in 1943 and went from Lubbock, Texas to San Diego for recruit training. He shipped out to Pearl Harbor aboard an LST from San Francisco. At Pearl Harbor, he was assigned to a work detail aboard the USS Oklahoma, which had just been righted. Shortly thereafter, he boarded the USS Indianapolis to serve as a range finder operator on one of the gun turrets. Upon leaving Hawaii, the Indianapolis went to Tarawa and then the Marshall Islands. LeBow witnessed Japanese civilian suicides on Saipan. He also witnessed the flag-raising on Iwo Jima from his range finder position aboard the ship. LeBow describes being hit by a kamikaze off Okinawa. He also discusses delivering atomic bomb components to Tinian and being torpedoed on the way to the Philippines. He describes abandoning the ship and spending five days in the water, including his faith in God, hallucinations, rescue, and his recovery.

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1 sound recording : digital

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Keyword(s): oral histories | biographies | interviews | WWII
Partner:
National Museum of the Pacific War/Admiral Nimitz Foundation
Collection:
National Museum of the Pacific War Oral History Collection
Collection:
Texas Oral History Collection
Collection:
World War Two Collection
Identifier:
  • LOCAL-CONT-NO: OH01627
  • ARK: ark:/67531/metapth204511
  • ARK: ark:/67531/metapth204511
Resource Type: Sound
Format: Audio