Oral History Interview with James William Harrison, January 27, 2005 Metadata

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Title

  • Main Title Oral History Interview with James William Harrison, January 27, 2005

Creator

  • Interviewer: Parish, Brainerd
    Creator Type: Personal
    Creator Info: Bud Parish
  • Interviewee: Harrison, James William
    Creator Type: Personal
    Creator Info: Bill Harrison

Publisher

  • Name: National Museum of the Pacific War
    Place of Publication: Fredericksburg, Texas

Date

  • Creation: 2005-01-27

Language

  • English

Description

  • Content Description: Interview with James William "Bill" Harrison, a serviceman in the U. S. Navy during World War II. He explains how he joined the navy in San Diego without going to boot camp. He worked on an oil tanker that shipped out to Pearl Harbor a month after the attack there and transported fuel out of San Diego to various ships at sea. He was then transfered to Admiral Nimitz's public relations department. There he and two others wrote stories about the action in the Pacific theater, particularly about the Battle of Midway. They also contributed to a radio show and worked with the national press corps. He then worked at the Naval Air Station in Seattle before traveling to Hilo, Hawaii to meet with soldiers who had returned from Tarawa. In Texas, he attended officer training school and college at Southwestern University. After the war ended, he studied at the University of Texas and University of Oklahoma for law school. He recalls an incident in which his office released a story about a cat that had kittens on board a cruiser; they reported this good news from the Pacific prior to the Battle of Midway. He also met Admirals Nimitz and Byrd, typed up a letter for Elliott Roosevelt to his father (without knowing at the time that he was President Roosevelt's son), and received a ride from shipbuilder and Kaiser Permanente founder Henry J. Kaiser while hitchhiking during leave.
  • Physical Description: 1 sound recording : digital

Subject

  • Library of Congress Subject Headings: World War, 1939-1945 -- Biography.
  • Library of Congress Subject Headings: World War, 1939-1945 -- Veterans -- Texas.
  • University of North Texas Libraries Browse Structure: People - Individuals
  • University of North Texas Libraries Browse Structure: Military and War - Wars - World War II
  • Keyword: oral histories
  • Keyword: biographies
  • Keyword: interviews
  • Keyword: WWII
  • Named Person: Harrison, James William (Bill)
  • Library of Congress Subject Headings: United States. Navy.
  • Library of Congress Subject Headings: Nimitz, Chester W. (Chester William), 1885-1966.
  • Library of Congress Subject Headings: Public relations.
  • Library of Congress Subject Headings: Roosevelt, Elliott, 1910-1990.

Primary Source

  • Item is a Primary Source

Coverage

  • Time Period: mod-tim
  • Place Name: United States - Texas - Travis County - Austin
  • Place Name: United States - Oklahoma - Cleveland County - Norman
  • Place Name: United States - Texas - Williamson County - Georgetown
  • Place Name: United States - Hawaii - Hawaii County - Hilo
  • Place Name: United States - California - San Diego County - San Diego
  • Place Name: United States - Washington - King County - Seattle

Collection

  • Name: National Museum of the Pacific War Oral History Collection
    Code: NMPW
  • Name: Texas Oral History Collection
    Code: TOHC
  • Name: World War Two Collection
    Code: WWII

Institution

  • Name: National Museum of the Pacific War/Admiral Nimitz Foundation
    Code: NMPW

Resource Type

  • Sound

Format

  • Audio

Identifier

  • Accession or Local Control No: OH01308

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