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Oral History Interview with James Phinney, July 15, 2010

Oral History Interview with James Phinney, July 15, 2010

Date: July 15, 2010
Creator: Cox, Floyd; Phinney, James & O'Konski, Susan
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.
Contributing Partner: National Museum of the Pacific War/Admiral Nimitz Foundation
[Man in Front of Cemetery]

[Man in Front of Cemetery]

Date: August 2009
Creator: unknown
Description: Photograph of an unidentified man with a camera around his neck standing in front of a cemetery in Herrlisheim.
Contributing Partner: The 12th Armored Division Memorial Museum
Oral History Interview with Maurice Stamps, March 18, 2009

Oral History Interview with Maurice Stamps, March 18, 2009

Date: March 18, 2009
Creator: Misenhimer, Richard & Stamps, Maurice
Description: Interview with Maurice Stamps, a serviceman in the U. S. Army during World War II. Stamps discusses growing up on a farm in Iowa, joining the army, going to Hawaii and staying at Schofield Barracks. He was assigned to the Classification/Assignment section at Fort Shafter without ever having basic training. He was later assigned to the Message Center at Ft. Shafter. He remembers his correspondence with his girlfriend Enid, whom he married upon his discharge in 1946.
Contributing Partner: National Museum of the Pacific War/Admiral Nimitz Foundation
Oral History Interview with Floyd R. Thomas, February 18, 2009

Oral History Interview with Floyd R. Thomas, February 18, 2009

Date: February 18, 2009
Creator: Misenhimer, Richard & Thomas, Floyd R.
Description: Interview with Floyd R. Thomas, a serviceman in the U. S. Army during World War II. He discusses his childhood and education at Peacock Military Academy. He then joined the army and spent time in Okinawa during and after the war. He recalls being a surgical technician and working with Japanese civilians after the surrender, meeting his wife, and working for saw mills as a salesman and a pilot. He remembers stealing pineapples on Hawaii and getting diarrhea, being treated for jungle rot, selling old Japanese army blankets to civilians, and shipping silk bolts and sabers back home.
Contributing Partner: National Museum of the Pacific War/Admiral Nimitz Foundation
Oral History Interview with Floyd R. Thomas, February 18, 2009

Oral History Interview with Floyd R. Thomas, February 18, 2009

Date: February 18, 2009
Creator: Misenhimer, Richard & Thomas, Floyd R.
Description: Interview with Floyd R. Thomas of El Paso, Texas, who is a veteran of the United States Armed Forces during World War II. In the interview, Mr. Thomas recalls memories from before the war as well as his time in the military, including his training in Oregon and Hawaii, attacks on Okinawa, and various battle scenes.
Contributing Partner: National Museum of the Pacific War/Admiral Nimitz Foundation
[Museum Display]

[Museum Display]

Date: 2009
Creator: unknown
Description: Photograph of a museum display of a 40+8 French boxcar. Several mannequins are posed in the boxcar, and two more stand outside it.
Contributing Partner: The 12th Armored Division Memorial Museum
[Present Day Herrlisheim]

[Present Day Herrlisheim]

Date: 2009
Creator: unknown
Description: Photograph of houses on a street in Herrlisheim. A couple of vehicles are visible in the background.
Contributing Partner: The 12th Armored Division Memorial Museum
[Rue du General Reibel]

[Rue du General Reibel]

Date: 2009
Creator: unknown
Description: Photograph of the view down the Rue de General Reibel in Herrlisheim, France. Cars are parked along the road, and there is a restaurant to the right.
Contributing Partner: The 12th Armored Division Memorial Museum
[Rue le Foret in Herrlisheim]

[Rue le Foret in Herrlisheim]

Date: 2009
Creator: unknown
Description: Photograph of houses on a street in Herrlisheim. A couple of vehicles are parked next to hedges to the right.
Contributing Partner: The 12th Armored Division Memorial Museum
Oral History Interview with Lloyd C. Fons, October 29, 2008

Oral History Interview with Lloyd C. Fons, October 29, 2008

Date: October 29, 2008
Creator: Misenhimer, Richard & Fons, Lloyd C.
Description: Interview with Lloyd C. Fons, an officer in the U. S. Navy during World War II. After completing midshipman's school and earning a commission, Fons served aboard patrol torpedo (PT) boats in the Philippines. He served in Squadron 17 aboard three different boats - 229, 230 and 231. He eventually became the commanding officer of PT 229 in July, 1945. His primary assignment seemed to be delivering guerrillas to various locations in Mindoro and Luzon. After the war, Fons was transferred to Hong Kong where he was commanding officer aboard a yard patrol boat, YP 641, for 11 months. Here, his primary duty seemed to be delivering frozen and refrigerated food to other ships.
Contributing Partner: National Museum of the Pacific War/Admiral Nimitz Foundation
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