Oral History Interview with James Phinney, July 15, 2010

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Interview with James (Jim) Phinney, an aircraft electrician for the U. S. Navy during Wold War II. He discusses joining the Navy, going through boot camp and becoming an aircraft electrician. He was assigned to the USS Lexington but abandoned ship after it was hit by a torpedo. He was rescued and was then sent to San Diego to be reassigned to the USS Enterprise. He mentions being at Guadalcanal and later aboard a sub-chaser. The crew crossed the Equator and consequently participated in an initiation ceremony, during which time Admiral Halsey was nearly shot by one of the ship's pilots who forgot to lock his gun. He also recalls some of the food he ate while at sea.

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Creation Date: July 15, 2010
Partner(s):
National Museum of the Pacific War/Admiral Nimitz Foundation
Collection(s):
Texas Oral History Collection
National Museum of the Pacific War Oral History Collection
World War Two Collection
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Creator (Interviewee):
Phinney, James

Jim Phinney

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Publisher Info:
Place of Publication: Fredericksburg, Texas
Date(s):
  • Creation: July 15, 2010
Coverage:
Place
United States - Texas
Place
United States - California - San Diego County - San Diego
Place
Solomon Islands - Guadalcanal Province
Era
Into Modern Times, 1939-Present
Description:

Interview with James (Jim) Phinney, an aircraft electrician for the U. S. Navy during Wold War II. He discusses joining the Navy, going through boot camp and becoming an aircraft electrician. He was assigned to the USS Lexington but abandoned ship after it was hit by a torpedo. He was rescued and was then sent to San Diego to be reassigned to the USS Enterprise. He mentions being at Guadalcanal and later aboard a sub-chaser. The crew crossed the Equator and consequently participated in an initiation ceremony, during which time Admiral Halsey was nearly shot by one of the ship's pilots who forgot to lock his gun. He also recalls some of the food he ate while at sea.

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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:
Texas Oral History Collection
Collection:
National Museum of the Pacific War Oral History Collection
Collection:
World War Two Collection
Identifier:
  • LOCAL-CONT-NO: OH02903
  • ARK: ark:/67531/metapth204520
  • ARK: ark:/67531/metapth204520
Resource Type: Sound
Format: Audio