Oral History Interview with Earl Smyth, Jr., October 20, 2003

Oral History Interview with Earl Smyth, Jr., October 20, 2003

Date: October 20, 2003
Creator: Bryk, Clarence & Smyth, Earl, Jr.
Description: Interview with Earl Smyth, Jr., a serviceman during World War II. He discusses his time aboard the USS Saratoga at the Battle of Midway and at Guadalcanal, where the ship sustained two torpedo attacks. He saw Pearl Harbor three days after the attack.
Contributing Partner: National Museum of the Pacific War/Admiral Nimitz Foundation
[Photograph of a Show at Guadalcanal]

[Photograph of a Show at Guadalcanal]

Date: unknown
Creator: unknown
Description: Photograph of a show being given to the troops in Guadalcanal. There is a woman in a floral dress is dancing on stage.
Contributing Partner: Arlington Historical Society’s Fielder House Museum
[Photograph of Chuck Allen and George Walker]

[Photograph of Chuck Allen and George Walker]

Date: 1943
Creator: unknown
Description: Photograph of Chuck Allen and George Walker standing outdoors in front of a military tent. Both men are wearing military uniforms. There are tall trees in behind the tent. Handwritten text on the back reads, "George Walker & me on Guadalcanal circa late '43 or early '44. He was a B24 Nose Gunner flying over of Carney Field. He is/was a chiropractor in Arlington. May still be around. If you find him, let me know, I would like to visit him."
Contributing Partner: Arlington Historical Society’s Fielder House Museum
[Photograph of a Show at Guadalcanal]

[Photograph of a Show at Guadalcanal]

Date: unknown
Creator: unknown
Description: Photograph of a show being given to the troops in Guadalcanal. There is a woman in a white dress is dancing on stage.
Contributing Partner: Arlington Historical Society’s Fielder House Museum
Oral History Interview with Melvin Harmon, October 21, 2002

Oral History Interview with Melvin Harmon, October 21, 2002

Date: October 21, 2002
Creator: Morris, Cork & Harmon, Melvin
Description: Interview with Melvin Harmon, a paratrooper during World War II. He discusses his paratrooper training and his time on Guadalcanal, Bougainville and other battles in the Solomon Islands. He also contracted malaria.
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
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
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 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 Jerell E. Crow, August 24, 2002

Oral History Interview with Jerell E. Crow, August 24, 2002

Date: August 24, 2002
Creator: Rabalais, Larry & Crow, Jerell E.
Description: Interview with Jerell E. Crow. He entered the Coast Guard in 1940 and trained in Florida and New York City. He served aboard a Landing Ship, Tank (LST) when those ships were first introduced. He traveled to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to the Neville Island Shipyard operated by the Dravo Corporation as part of a crew that brought an LST down the Mississippi River to New Orleans. From there, the crew practiced operations at Biloxi, Mississippi. Eventually, Crow travelled to San Diego aboard the LST through the Panama Canal. From there, he went to Guadalcanal and unloaded tanks. Eventually, his ship was hit at Saipan and he was wounded. He also served aboard an LST during the invasions of Iwo Jima and Okinawa. Afterwards, Crow's LST was present in Tokyo Bay for the surrender. He visited Hiroshima while on occupation duty after the atomic bomb was dropped. Eventually, his LST made its way back to San Francisco where he was discharged.
Contributing Partner: National Museum of the Pacific War/Admiral Nimitz Foundation