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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 ...

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Cox, Floyd; Phinney, James & O'Konski, Susan July 15, 2010.

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This audio recording is part of the collection entitled: Texas Oral History Collection and two others and was provided by National Museum of the Pacific War/Admiral Nimitz Foundation to The Portal to Texas History, a digital repository hosted by the UNT Libraries. It has been viewed 35 times . More information about this recording can be viewed below.

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The National Museum of the Pacific War and Admiral Nimitz Foundation present a selection of interviews with Texas veterans of World War II.

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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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Texas Oral History Collection

The Texas Oral History Collection is a group of oral history interviews from a variety of people discussing their lives in Texas.

National Museum of the Pacific War Oral History Collection

This oral history collection depicts a bygone era that was instrumental in shaping American history. It contains transcripts of interviews with World War II veterans who discuss their personal experiences in the war including the Doolittle Raid, D-Day, and the Battle for Bataan.

World War Two Collection

These materials focus on the World War II era from 1939 to 1945, and the immediate postwar period of the late 1940s. In addition to materials that were actually created during the time period, the collection may include modern studies and commemorative works about the era.

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  • July 15, 2010

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  • Feb. 12, 2012, 11:09 a.m.

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Cox, Floyd; Phinney, James & O'Konski, Susan. Oral History Interview with James Phinney, July 15, 2010, audio recording, July 15, 2010; Fredericksburg, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth204520/: accessed January 19, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting National Museum of the Pacific War/Admiral Nimitz Foundation.