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 Decade: 2000-2009
 Collection: Texas Oral History Collection
Oral History Interview with Cyril Stone, February 15, 2001

Oral History Interview with Cyril Stone, February 15, 2001

Date: February 15, 2001
Creator: Stone, Richard Cyril
Description: A video interview with Dr. R. Cyril Stone (McMurry class of 1946) in which he discusses his experiences with McMurry. Dr. Stone, an ordained Methodist minister, served on the Alumni Association Board of Directors. Dr. Stone was a 2000 recipient of the Cross and Flame Award for service to McMurry and the United Methodist Church, and was named a McMurry Distinguished Alumni in 2003.
Contributing Partner: McMurry University Library
Oral History Interview with Darris Egger, February 20, 2001

Oral History Interview with Darris Egger, February 20, 2001

Date: February 20, 2001
Creator: Egger, Darris
Description: A video interview with Dr. Darris Egger (McMurry class of 1942) in which Dr. Egger discusses his experiences with McMurry. Dr. Egger was an ordained Methodist minister and served in a number of churches in Northwest Texas and North Texas Annual Conferences. From 1970 to 1975 and 1978 to 1984, Darris served as the District Superintendent of the Abilene District of United Methodist Churches. He was the Program Council Director for the Northwest Conference from 1975 to 1978. Dr. Egger also served as Trustee of McMurry University, Sears Methodist Retirement Centers, Methodist Hospital in Lubbock, Butman Methodist Camp, and the Methodist Mission Home in San Antonio.
Contributing Partner: McMurry University Library
Oral History Interview with Bervin Caswell, February 15, 2001

Oral History Interview with Bervin Caswell, February 15, 2001

Date: February 15, 2001
Creator: Caswell, Bervin O.
Description: A video interview with Dr. Bervin O. Caswell (McMurry class of 1938) in which Dr. Caswell discusses his memories of McMurry. Dr. Caswell was a long-time United Methodist minister in New Mexico and West Texas, and received an honorary Doctor of Divinity from McMurry in 1964 and a lifetime achievement award from McMurry in 2004.
Contributing Partner: McMurry University Library
Oral History Interview with Mable Phillips, February 20, 2001

Oral History Interview with Mable Phillips, February 20, 2001

Date: February 20, 2001
Creator: Phillips, Mable Frances
Description: A video interview with Mable Phillips (McMurry class of 1934), in which she discusses her years as a student at McMurry. Phillips was a longtime public schoolteacher. She had a long career in education, serving in seven school districts in Texas as a teacher and counselor. While teaching at Franklin Junior High, she was named Teacher of the Year, according to an Abilene Reporter-News story in 1962, for the junior high school grades. In 2007 she was named a distinguished alumni by the McMurry University.
Contributing Partner: McMurry University Library
Oral History Interview with Arwin Bowden, March 9, 2000

Oral History Interview with Arwin Bowden, March 9, 2000

Date: March 9, 2000
Creator: Cox, Floyd & Bowden, Arwin J.
Description: Interview with Arwin Bowden, a marine during World War II. He begins by discussing his training in San Diego and New Zealand before the Battle of Tarawa. He describes being wounded in the battle, the casualties he saw, and being shipped back to Pearl Harbor for treatment before joining the battle of Saipan. He describes ancedotes about Japanese killing themselves rather than surrendering, eating food from a garden watered from rainwater running down from outhouses, the wages he made, and the time he had leave.
Contributing Partner: National Museum of the Pacific War/Admiral Nimitz Foundation
Oral History Interview with Albert Bouley, June 27, 2001

Oral History Interview with Albert Bouley, June 27, 2001

Date: June 27, 2001
Creator: Cox, Floyd & Bouley, Albert
Description: Interview with Albert Bouley, a U. S. Marine during World War II. He discusses his enlistment in the Marines just after Pearl Harbor; his assignment to the 3rd Battalion, 1st Marine Division; the battle of Guadalcanal; malaria and dysentery; the battle of Cape Gloucester; the use of Pavuvu as a base; the battle of Peleliu; his return to the United States; guard duty at the Brooklyn Naval Yard and his service as an instructor in a heavy weapons school before the end of the war. He joined the Air Force 2 1/2 years later to be able to fly and work on planes, then retire to become a teacher in California, and finally settled in Texas.
Contributing Partner: National Museum of the Pacific War/Admiral Nimitz Foundation
Oral History Interview with Garvin Kowalke, January 23, 2001

Oral History Interview with Garvin Kowalke, January 23, 2001

Date: January 23, 2001
Creator: Cox, Floyd & Kowalke, Garvin
Description: Interview with Garvin Kowalke, a pilot during World War II. He discusses joining the Army Air Corps, going to Air Cadet training to become a pilot, and training on various aircraft (AT-17, UC-78, P-36, P-33, T-6, BT-13, B-17, B-29) before becoming a B-29 pilot; he shipped out to Guam and flew standard and fire bombing runs over Japan. He discusses having to ditch the plane on the way back to Guam once when the engines failed, seeing another B-29 crew have to bail out over Toyko Bay and get picked up by a U.S. submarine that was in the Bay, getting pulled down to the fires when they were trying to hide in the smoke to avoid Japanese fighter planes, and getting caught in a storm by Mount Fujiyama, as well as collecting data such wind direction, speed, and temperature over Hiroshima for future bombing runs, which turned out to be for the bombers who dropped the atomic bomb. He also talks about flying over Hiroshima two days after the bombing and gauging how high the radiation levels were at different altitudes. He also talks about being in the Korean and Vietnam Wars, becoming a B-57 pilot, and adopting a ...
Contributing Partner: National Museum of the Pacific War/Admiral Nimitz Foundation
Oral History Interview with Joseph B. Brown, March 24, 2001

Oral History Interview with Joseph B. Brown, March 24, 2001

Date: March 24, 2001
Creator: Cox, William G. & Brown, Joseph B.
Description: Interview with Joseph Brown, who was in the Marine Corps during World War II. He discusses going to Guadalcanal, various guns and artillery he used, the battle of Tarawa and getting malaria just before it, then going to Hawaii for more training before returning to the South Pacific and fighting on Saipan and Tinian. He also discusses being wounded on Saipan, having a bayonet run through his forearm and keeping the bayonet as a souvenir after the war, and he talks about some of his experiences and travels after the war.
Contributing Partner: National Museum of the Pacific War/Admiral Nimitz Foundation
Oral History Interview with David Straus, September 17, 2001

Oral History Interview with David Straus, September 17, 2001

Date: September 17, 2001
Creator: Cox, Floyd & Straus, David
Description: Interview with David Straus of San Antonio, Texas, a veteran from the United States Marine Corps during World War Two in the Pacific Theater as well as the Korean War. The interview includes some of Straus' background before the war and his personal experiences while in the Marines, including memories of Okinawa, various weapons, what happened at the end of World War Two, and his assignment in Korea.
Contributing Partner: National Museum of the Pacific War/Admiral Nimitz Foundation
Oral History Interview with William F. Graham, March 24, 2001

Oral History Interview with William F. Graham, March 24, 2001

Date: March 24, 2001
Creator: Smith, Ned A. & Graham, William F.
Description: Interview with Bill Graham, a Marine during World War II. He begins by discussing joining the Navy and becoming a corpsman, then being transferred to the 2nd Marine Division after the Pearl Harbor attack. He also talks being in the first wave on Guadalcanal and various things that happened during the six months there, as well as contracting a severe strain of malaria, getting shipped back to the States and stationed near his home in Fort Worth, then returning to training in Virginia to prepare for an invasion of Japan.
Contributing Partner: National Museum of the Pacific War/Admiral Nimitz Foundation
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