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Oral History Interview with Lowell Dean Cox, February 1, 2005

Description: Interview with Lowell Dean Cox, a serviceman in the U. S. Navy during World War II. He discusses joining the Navy and serving aboard the USS Indianapolis (CA-35). He was on board when the cruiser was attacked by a Japanese submarine and survived for five days in the water before being rescued.
Date: February 1, 2005
Duration: 1 hour 51 minutes 06 seconds
Creator: Bryk, Clarence & Cox, Lowell Dean
Partner: National Museum of the Pacific War/Admiral Nimitz Foundation
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Oral History Interview with Earl Smyth, Jr., October 20, 2003

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.
Date: October 20, 2003
Duration: 45 minutes 38 seconds
Creator: Bryk, Clarence & Smyth, Earl, Jr.
Partner: National Museum of the Pacific War/Admiral Nimitz Foundation
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Oral History Interview with E. R. Dolinar, April 5, 2003

Description: Interview with E.R. (Ed) Dolinar, a serviceman with the U. S. Navy during World War II. He discusses going to boot camp, torpedo school and submarine school. He was on the SSN Stingray as a torpedo crewman that offloaded supplies and guerillas in the Philippines. It picked up stranded Japanese sailors and transported them to Australia. The Stingray was then decomissioned. He was then part of a crew that studied and stripped captured German submarines, and he discusses the differences between th… more
Date: April 5, 2003
Duration: 46 minutes 08 seconds
Creator: Bryk, Clarence & Dolinar, E. R.
Partner: National Museum of the Pacific War/Admiral Nimitz Foundation
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Oral History Interview with Norman Apelt, September 23, 2001

Description: Interview with with Norman Apelt, an airplane mechanic during World War II. He discusses his service in the US Army Air Corps as an airplane mechanic in Pampa, Texas. After the war ended, Apelt was assigned duty in occupied Japan.
Date: September 23, 2001
Duration: 1 hour 32 minutes 56 seconds
Creator: Bryk, Clarence & Apelt, Norman
Partner: National Museum of the Pacific War/Admiral Nimitz Foundation
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Oral History Interview with Charlie Boswell, December 7, 2004

Description: The National Museum of the Pacific War presents an oral interview with Charlie Boswell. Boswell was born in Coryell County, Texas 4 September 1921. He quit high school, joined the Navy and went to boot camp in San Diego. Upon completing boot training he was assigned to the USS Tennessee (BB-43) as a member of the crew in the engine room. During battle stations, he served as an ammunition handler for a five inch gun. He was aboard the ship on 7 December 1941 and he describes his activities durin… more
Date: December 7, 2004
Duration: 42 minutes 50 seconds
Creator: Boswell, Charlie
Partner: National Museum of the Pacific War/Admiral Nimitz Foundation
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Oral History Interview with Paul Dillon

Description: The National Museum of the Pacific War presents an oral interview with Paul Dillon. Dillon was in the army until he was discharged in September 1941 after being seriously injured from being run over by a military vehicle. He held various jobs until June 1942 at which time he entered the Navy and trained at Norfolk, Virginia. Upon graduation he was selected for gunnery school at Little Creek, Virginia. After training he was sent to the Brooklyn Armed Guard Center for assignment. Recalling his as… more
Date: unknown
Duration: 1 hour 24 minutes 15 seconds
Creator: Dillon, Paul
Partner: National Museum of the Pacific War/Admiral Nimitz Foundation
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Oral History Interview with George Pederson, September 21, 2003

Description: The National Museum of the Pacific War presents an interview with George Pederson. Pederson joined the Army Air Forces in December of 1942. In 1943, he completed Cadet School in Meteorology, and Tropical Meteorology School. He was assigned to MacDill Air Force Base in Florida for one year, practicing simulated bombings of Berlin. Beginning in December of 1944, he served in the China Burma India Theater. He was assigned to an Air Force station in Chabua, India. He worked as a load master, loadin… more
Date: September 21, 2003
Duration: 43 minutes 08 seconds
Creator: Pederson, George
Partner: National Museum of the Pacific War/Admiral Nimitz Foundation
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Oral History Interview with James R. O'Donnel, December 8, 2001

Description: The National Museum of the Pacific War presents an oral interview with James R. O'Donnel. He was born in Donora, Pennsylvania and joined the Aviation Cadet training program in December 1942. Upon graduation from Bombardier School in late 1943 he was sent to Clovis, New Mexico as a B-29 crewmember. Upon completion of training in November 1944 his crew flew a B-29 to Saipan as part of the 499th Bomber Group of the 20th Air Force. He recalls their first mission over Japan on Thanksgiving Day 1944 … more
Date: December 8, 2001
Duration: 39 minutes 18 seconds
Creator: O'Donnel, James R.
Partner: National Museum of the Pacific War/Admiral Nimitz Foundation
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Oral History Interview with E. R. (Ed) Dolinar, April 5, 2003

Description: The National Museum of the Pacific War presents an oral interview with E.R. (Ed) Dolinar. He discusses going to boot camp, then torpedo school and submarine school. He was on the SSN Stingray as a torpedo crewman that offloaded supplies and guerrillas in the Philippines and picking up stranded Japanese sailors, transporting them to Australia, after which the Stingray was decomissioned. He was then part of a crew that cannibalized and plagiarized captured German submarines and he discusses the d… more
Date: April 5, 2003
Duration: 46 minutes 12 seconds
Creator: Dolinar, E. R.
Partner: National Museum of the Pacific War/Admiral Nimitz Foundation
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Oral History Interview with John Harold Ryan, September 13, 2003

Description: The National Museum of the Pacific War presents an interview with John Harold Ryan. Ryan joined the Army in September of 1944. He served with the 96th Infantry Division. He worked with and trained fellow servicemen on the M1 rifle. Ryan participated in the Battle of Okinawa. He was discharged in September of 1946.
Date: September 13, 2003
Duration: 57 minutes 34 seconds
Creator: Ryan, John Harold
Partner: National Museum of the Pacific War/Admiral Nimitz Foundation
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Oral History Interview with Leonard Zaehler, March 6, 2010

Description: The National Museum of the Pacific War presents an oral interview with Leonard Zaehler. Zaehler joined the Marine Corps in early 1942 and received basic training in San Diego. He was assigned to the service squadron of MAG-12, running a mobile machine shop where his primary duty was repairing ground vehicles. He spent a good part of his duty stationed on Emirau Island, where the squadron’s plucky COO would cheerfully bring him Japanese bombs that he had discovered on the island. He would ask to… more
Date: March 6, 2010
Duration: 48 minutes 31 seconds
Creator: Zaehler, Leonard
Partner: National Museum of the Pacific War/Admiral Nimitz Foundation
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Oral History Interview with Bert Dawson, March 18, 2010

Description: The National Museum of the Pacific War presents an interview with Bert Dawson. Dawson joined the Marine Corps in 1943. He served with the 5th Marine Division, as a paratrooper. He participated in the Battle of Iwo Jima. From Iwo, Dawson traveled to Sasebo, Japan. He was discharged in 1945.
Date: March 18, 2010
Duration: 45 minutes 21 seconds
Creator: Dawson, Bert
Partner: National Museum of the Pacific War/Admiral Nimitz Foundation
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Oral History Interview with Roger Moore, May 26, 2010

Description: The National Museum of the Pacific War presents an oral interview with Roger Moore. Moore joined the Navy in 1943. Shortly after basic training, he was given the opportunity to train as a US Navy photographer taking classes in Pensacola, Florida and Washington DC. While in Washington DC, he volunteered for the Sino-American Cooperative Organization (SACO). He was shipped to Chongqing, China and trained Chinese guerilla troops in the use of photography. In 1945, Moore was sent to Shanghai to tak… more
Date: May 26, 2010
Duration: 18 minutes 50 seconds
Creator: Moore, Roger
Partner: National Museum of the Pacific War/Admiral Nimitz Foundation
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Oral History Interview with Loy Smith, September 15, 2011

Description: The National Museum of the Pacific War presents an oral interview with Loy Smith. Smith joined the Navy in 1943 and received basic training in San Diego. He then attended gunnery school and further training in electrical and hydraulic systems. Upon completion, he was assigned to an attack cargo auxiliary ship as a gunner’s mate. Smith recounts that his ship would pick up supplies on New Guinea and Guam and deliver them to invasions. At Lingayen Gulf, there were so many kamikazes and so many shi… more
Date: September 15, 2011
Duration: 39 minutes 06 seconds
Creator: Smith, Loy
Partner: National Museum of the Pacific War/Admiral Nimitz Foundation
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Oral History Interview with Russell Chase, October 4, 2012

Description: The National Museum of the Pacific War presents an interview with Russell Chase. Chase joined the Army Air Forces around 1942. He served as a radio operator and gunner with the 447th Bombardment Group. He participated in 30 bombing missions over France and Germany. They supported the invasion of Normandy in 1944. Chase returned to the US.
Date: October 4, 2012
Duration: 1 hour 4 minutes 16 seconds
Creator: Chase, Russell
Partner: National Museum of the Pacific War/Admiral Nimitz Foundation
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Oral History Interview with John Killpack, October 4, 2012

Description: The National Museum of the Pacific War presents an interview with John Killpack. Killpack joined the Army Air Forces, completed Gunnery School, and served as a B-29 ball turret gunner with the 447th Bomb Group, 708th Bomb Squadron. Killpack completed 30 missions, including air assaults over Germany, Belgium, and in support of the Battle of the Bulge. He was discharged around late 1945.
Date: October 4, 2012
Duration: 55 minutes 58 seconds
Creator: Killpack, John
Partner: National Museum of the Pacific War/Admiral Nimitz Foundation
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Oral History Interview with Homer Piper, October 4, 2012

Description: The National Museum of the Pacific War presents an oral interview with Homer Piper. Piper joined the Army Air Forces with great difficulty because he lived in the Panama Canal Zone. During the war, the canal was so crowded with military transports that it was nearly impossible for civilians to travel. He finally managed to get to Las Vegas and into gunnery school. In 1945 he was sent to England with a replacement crew for the 493rd Bomb Group, 863rd Bomb Squadron. His crew was tasked with testi… more
Date: October 4, 2012
Duration: 41 minutes 34 seconds
Creator: Piper, Homer
Partner: National Museum of the Pacific War/Admiral Nimitz Foundation
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Oral History Interview with Dell Sheftall, April 21, 2012

Description: The National Museum of the Pacific War presents an oral interview with Dell Sheftall. Sheftall joined the Army in May 1943 and received basic training at Camp Maxey. Upon completion, he was assigned to the 103rd Infantry Division and sent to France. There he was part of a night combat team, capturing German officers for interrogation. He narrowly escaped the Battle of the Bulge, replaced by a unit that was annihilated by the enemy soon after Sheftall left. While at a rest camp in the Bavarian A… more
Date: April 21, 2012
Duration: 1 hour 13 minutes 49 seconds
Creator: Sheftall, Dell
Partner: National Museum of the Pacific War/Admiral Nimitz Foundation
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Oral History Interview with Jack Frank, May 8, 2012

Description: The National Museum of the Pacific War presents an oral interview with Jack Frank. Frank joined the Navy in January 1943 and received basic training at Sampson. After yeoman training and amphibious duty at Little Creek, he was sent to Dartmouth to commission an LCT flotilla. From there he was deployed to England for the invasion of Normandy. His landing at Omaha Beach on D-Day was delayed by several hours due to weather, and when he approached the Easy Red Sector in LCT(6)-542, his flotilla lau… more
Date: May 8, 2012
Duration: 59 minutes 29 seconds
Creator: Frank, Jack
Partner: National Museum of the Pacific War/Admiral Nimitz Foundation
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Oral History Interview with W. W. Marsh, June 3, 2014

Description: The National Museum of the Pacific War presents an oral interview with W.W. Marsh. Marsh was born in Nebraska in 1923. Upon being drafted into the Army in 1943, he went to Camp Croft, South Carolina, for basic training. Soon after completing basic he was assigned to the 938th Heavy Automotive Maintenance Company. After receiving training in vehicle maintenance, the unit traveled by military convoy to Camp Kilmer, New Jersey. They arrived in La Have, France, after 14 days at sea. He recalls the … more
Date: June 3, 2014
Duration: 1 hour 31 minutes 28 seconds
Creator: Marsh, W. W.
Partner: National Museum of the Pacific War/Admiral Nimitz Foundation
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Oral History Interview with George Gehl, February 22, 2014

Description: The National Museum of the Pacific War presents an oral interview with George Gehl. Gehl was born in New Salem, North Dakota. Joining the Navy, he attended boot camp at the Great Lakes Naval Training Station. He was then sent to the Navy base at Norman, Oklahoma. After a few months at Norman, he went by troop train to San Francisco where he boarded a ship bound for the Philippines. Arriving at Manila he took part in establishing the Philippine Sea Frontier Headquarters. He was discharged soon a… more
Date: February 22, 2014
Duration: 47 minutes 26 seconds
Creator: Gehl, George
Partner: National Museum of the Pacific War/Admiral Nimitz Foundation
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Oral History Interview with Wallace Brunton, July 5, 2009

Description: The National Museum of the Pacific War presents an oral interview with Wallace Brunton. Brunton was born in Glouster, Ohio in 1924. Drafted at age 18, he went into the Navy and attended boot camp at the Great Lakes Naval Training Center. He was then selected for training in sonar. Upon completion of the sound school he received training in both surface and air search radar. He tells of going aboard the USS Callaghan (DD-792) and being seasick during four days of the shakedown cruise. He recalls… more
Date: July 5, 2009
Duration: 50 minutes 20 seconds
Creator: Brunton, Wallace
Partner: National Museum of the Pacific War/Admiral Nimitz Foundation
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Oral History Interview with Ronald Jones, July 5, 2009

Description: The National Museum of the Pacific War presents an oral interview with Ronald Jones. Jones joined the Navy in 1943 and received basic training in Illinois. He received advanced sonar training in San Diego and preliminary radar training at Mare Island, in case he would be needed as a replacement aboard ship. Upon completion, he was assigned to the USS Callaghan (DD-792) as the captain’s talker. His ship provided fire support at the Marshall Islands, Saipan, and Guam, protecting against enemy sub… more
Date: July 5, 2009
Duration: 47 minutes 19 seconds
Creator: Jones, Ronald
Partner: National Museum of the Pacific War/Admiral Nimitz Foundation
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Oral History Interview with Robert Feller, November 17, 2009

Description: The National Museum of the Pacific War presents an oral interview with Robert Feller. Former Major League baseball player Feller heard of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor as he was traveling to Chicago to sign his 1942 contract with the Cleveland Indians. Upon arriving in Chicago he made a personal call to his friend Gene Tunney. Tunney flew to Chicago and was present when Feller was sworn into the Navy on 9 December 1941. He underwent boot training at Norfolk, Virginia. He was then assigned… more
Date: November 17, 2009
Duration: 13 minutes 40 seconds
Creator: Feller, Robert W.
Partner: National Museum of the Pacific War/Admiral Nimitz Foundation
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