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Oral History Interview with Edwin LeBreton, February 12, 2007

Description: The National Museum of the Pacific War presents an oral interview with Edwin LeBreton. LeBreton was born in Louisiana and was in the Army National Guard stationed in Texas when Pearl Harbor was attacked. He served in an engineering outfit before entering military intelligence. After the war, LeBreton was sent to an engineer depot in Japan. After leaving Japan, he was stationed in France at another supply depot.
Date: February 12, 2007
Duration: 32 minutes 06 seconds
Creator: LeBreton, Edwin
Partner: National Museum of the Pacific War/Admiral Nimitz Foundation
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Oral History Interview with Charles Borchers, October 24, 2000

Description: The National Museum of the Pacific War presents an oral interview with Charles Borchers. Borchers joined the Army in September 1944 and received training at Camp Hood and Fort Ord. His first combat duty was in the Luzon campaign, where he was stationed in the mountains north of Manila. There he was assigned to the 112th Cavalry Regiment. His platoon devised an alarm system out of barbed wire and tin cans to alert them to Japanese infiltration. They fired 15,000 rounds when a water buffalo stumb… more
Date: October 24, 2000
Duration: 1 hour 18 minutes 49 seconds
Creator: Borchers, Charles
Partner: National Museum of the Pacific War/Admiral Nimitz Foundation
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Oral History Interview with Rudolph Schultz, August 12, 2003

Description: The National Museum of the Pacific War presents an oral interview with Rudolph Schultz. Schultz was drafted into the Army Air Forces in March, 1943. He received radar training in Florida and then served with the 13th Air Force. He installed a radar station at Noumea and trained men on its use. He also trained more men at Guadalcanal and the Admiralty Islands. Schultz was at Leyte when the war ended and soon went to Japan.
Date: August 12, 2003
Duration: 1 hour 52 seconds
Creator: Schultz, Rudolph H.
Partner: National Museum of the Pacific War/Admiral Nimitz Foundation
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Oral History Interview with Richard Williams, August 18, 2003

Description: The National Museum of the Pacific War presents an oral interview with Richard Williams. Williams was born in Chicago on 21 April 1925. After quitting school in the sixth grade, he worked with the Works Progress Administration. In 1942, he joined the Navy and went to Camp Perry, Virginia for six weeks of basic training. He was then sent to Eastport, Maine for six months before taking a troop train to California where he was assigned to the 136th Construction Battalion. There he had advanced inf… more
Date: August 18, 2003
Duration: 1 hour 5 minutes 37 seconds
Creator: Williams, Richard J.
Partner: National Museum of the Pacific War/Admiral Nimitz Foundation
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Oral History Interview with Robert Strehle, October 17, 2003

Description: The National Museum of the Pacific War presents an oral interview with Robert Strehle. Strehle joined the Navy in November 1942. He was sent to school to become a torpedoman and then joined the commissioning crew of USS David W. Taylor (DD-551). Strehle describes depth charging and sinking a Japanese submarine. He describes how depth charges functioned and how they were deployed. Strehle discusses the ship hitting a mine and the damage control performed. He volunteered to go into the damaged ar… more
Date: October 17, 2003
Duration: 24 minutes 21 seconds
Creator: Strehle, Robert
Partner: National Museum of the Pacific War/Admiral Nimitz Foundation
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Oral History Interview with Larry Caid, November 17, 2003

Description: The National Museum of the Pacific War presents an interview with Larry Caid. Caid joined the Army in September of 1944. He served as a light machine gun specialist with the 33rd Infantry Division. He arrived in the Philippines in February of 1945, participating in the Battle of Luzon and the liberation of the islands. He served on occupation duty in Honshu, Japan after the war ended. He was discharged in 1946, though continued his service in the Reserves, retiring as a colonel in the Field Art… more
Date: November 17, 2003
Duration: 1 hour 54 minutes 52 seconds
Creator: Caid, Larry
Partner: National Museum of the Pacific War/Admiral Nimitz Foundation
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Oral History Interview with Horace Chester Gould, July 9, 2003

Description: The National Museum of the Pacific War presents an interview with Horace Chester Gould. Gould joined the Marine Corps in July of 1940. He served as a military policeman at Quantico, Virginia. Gould additionally served with the 5th Amphibious Corps, and participated in the battles of Tinian, Saipan and Iwo Jima. He participated in the allied occupation of Japan after the war ended. He was discharged in late 1945.
Date: July 9, 2003
Duration: 1 hour 50 minutes 10 seconds
Creator: Gould, Horace Chester
Partner: National Museum of the Pacific War/Admiral Nimitz Foundation
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Oral History Interview with Ivan Haselby, July 21, 2003

Description: The National Museum of the Pacific War presents an interview with Ivan Haselby. Haselby joined the Army in July of 1944. He completed Officer Candidate School and served as a first lieutenant in the First Cavalry Division, Eighth Cavalry Regiment. He worked at Camp Wolters in Mineral Wells, Texas through May of 1945. Beginning in July, he was deployed to Japan and served with the occupation forces. He was stationed in the Chiba Prefecture, occupying and investigating schools. Haselby returned t… more
Date: July 21, 2003
Duration: 39 minutes 43 seconds
Creator: Haselby, Ivan
Partner: National Museum of the Pacific War/Admiral Nimitz Foundation
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Oral History Interview with Ray Kroft, August 7, 2003

Description: The National Museum of the Pacific War presents an interview with Ray Kroft. Kroft joined the Army in October of 1944. He served as a Staff Sergeant with the 77th Infantry Division. He participated in the Battle of Okinawa, and served with occupation forces in Japan. He was discharged in November of 1946.
Date: August 7, 2003
Duration: 36 minutes 03 seconds
Creator: Kroft, Ray
Partner: National Museum of the Pacific War/Admiral Nimitz Foundation
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Oral History Interview with Wes Rhine, September 3, 2004

Description: The National Museum of the Pacific War presents an oral interview with Wes Rhine. He was born in Amarillo, Texas, 27 February 1928 and was enlisted in the Marine Corps on 13 February 1945. After completing recruit training at Parris Island, South Carolina and Camp LeJeune, North Carolina he was transferred to Camp Pendleton, California in June 1945. He describes shipping out to Guam in August 1945 and learning, while enroute, that the war was over. He recalls being transferred to Saipan and joi… more
Date: September 3, 2004
Duration: 1 hour 33 minutes 03 seconds
Creator: Rhine, Wes
Partner: National Museum of the Pacific War/Admiral Nimitz Foundation
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Oral History Interview with Barry Atkins, February 20, 1997

Description: The National Museum of the Pacific War presents an oral interview with Barry Atkins. In 1928, Atkins was appointed to the Naval Academy and graduated in 1932 and was assigned to the USS Tennessee (BB-43). He was aboard at Long Beach, California during the 1933 earthquake. After that, he was transferred to the USS New Mexico (BB-40). his next assignment took him aboard the USS Mahan (DD-364). In 1941, Atkins was assigned to the USS Parrott (DD-218) in Manila Bay. He was aboard the Parrott during… more
Date: February 20, 1997
Duration: 4 hours 38 minutes 13 seconds
Creator: Atkins, Barry
Partner: National Museum of the Pacific War/Admiral Nimitz Foundation
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Oral History Interview with William J. Tiller, March 29, 2002

Description: The National Museum of the Pacific War presents an oral interview with Jimmy Tiller. Tiller went to A & M right out of high school in May 1943 and when he was 18 they all went into the military (December 1944). He took basic infantry training at Camp Hood and then went to Fort Ord, California for more training, climbing out of ships and onto landing barges. They were put on Liberty ships in July 1945 that sailed out of Seattle, Washington for Pearl Harbor. His ship joined a convoy there and the… more
Date: March 29, 2002
Duration: 1 hour 13 minutes 34 seconds
Creator: Tiller, William J.
Partner: National Museum of the Pacific War/Admiral Nimitz Foundation
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Oral History Interview with Willard Alsberry

Description: The National Museum of the Pacific War presents monologue with Willard Alsberry. Alsberry joined the Navy in December of 1942. He served as a Yeoman First-Class and deployed to Pearl Harbor, where he joined the Joint Intelligence Center. Alsberry worked in the weather and translation sections, translating Japanese weather codes and other important documents. Alsberry, and the JIC translation section were sent to Guam where he worked for the remainder of the war. He transferred to Japan for six … more
Date: unknown
Duration: 1 hour 7 minutes 02 seconds
Creator: Alsberry, Willard
Partner: National Museum of the Pacific War/Admiral Nimitz Foundation
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Oral History Interview with Robert Eustace, January 13, 2001

Description: The National Museum of the Pacific War presents an oral interview with Robert Eustace. Eustace joined the Navy in 1943 and received basic training at Camp Farragut. He received further training at photography school in Pensacola. Upon completion, he was assigned to the USS Suwannee (ACV-27) as a photographer’s mate. Eustace flew in the backseat of a Douglas SBD Dauntless divebomber throughout the war in the Pacific. On 20 October 1944 the Suwannee was attacked by Japanese planes. Eustace conten… more
Date: January 13, 2001
Duration: 1 hour 52 minutes 51 seconds
Creator: Eustace, Robert
Partner: National Museum of the Pacific War/Admiral Nimitz Foundation
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Oral History Interview with Don Lamanna, November 22, 2000

Description: The National Museum of the Pacific War presents an oral interview with Don Lamanna. Lamanna joined the Navy in November 1942 and was transferred to hospital corps school in Alabama, where he tended to casualties of flight training. He then attended field medical school at Camp Elliot. Upon completion, he was assigned to a medical battalion in the V Amphibious Corps where he worked as an orderly in hospitals. He landed on Saipan on the eighth day of the invasion and worked at an abandoned Japane… more
Date: November 22, 2000
Duration: 46 minutes 49 seconds
Creator: Lamanna, Don
Partner: National Museum of the Pacific War/Admiral Nimitz Foundation
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Oral History Interview with Harrison Gunter, January 7, 2003

Description: The National Museum of the Pacific War presents an oral interview with Harrison Gunter. Gunter joined the Navy in June, 1942 as an aviation cadet. He trained in Georgia and Texas before receiving his commission. He then opted to transfer to the Marine Corps. He was retained as a flight instructor. In January, 1945, Gunter was sent to Guam and flew C-47s hauling personnel all over the Pacific. His squadron was VMR-952. When the war ended, his unit went to occupation duty in Japan. Gunter was dis… more
Date: January 7, 2003
Duration: 1 hour 36 minutes 11 seconds
Creator: Gunter, Harrison C.
Partner: National Museum of the Pacific War/Admiral Nimitz Foundation
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Oral History Interview with Ted T. Yenari, November 2, 2002

Description: The National Museum of the Pacific War presents an oral interview with Ted T. Yenari. He was born in Tacoma, Washington on 29 September 1919 to parents who had immigrated from Japan. His family was sent to Rohwer War Relocation Center in March 1942. In May 1943 he left the camp to volunteer for the Military Intelligence Service Language School at Camp Savage, Minnesota. In November 1944, following completion of his Japanese language studies, he was sent to Military Intelligence School in Alabam… more
Date: November 2, 2002
Duration: 2 hours 31 minutes 54 seconds
Creator: Yenari, Ted T.
Partner: National Museum of the Pacific War/Admiral Nimitz Foundation
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Oral History Interview with Hershel Downing, April 3, 2003

Description: The National Museum of the Pacific War presents an oral interview with Hershel Downing. Downing was drafted into the Army and served as a platoon sergeant with the 81st Infantry Division, 306th Medical Battalion. He was in charge of the motor pool and also dispatched ambulances. Downing describes evacuating and assisting wounded soldiers. He briefly describes his service on Palau, Leyte, and during the occupation of Japan. Downing was discharged from the service when he returned to the US.
Date: April 3, 2003
Duration: 17 minutes 55 seconds
Creator: Downing, Hershel
Partner: National Museum of the Pacific War/Admiral Nimitz Foundation
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Oral History Interview with John Olson, March 15, 1998

Description: The National Museum of the Pacific War presents an oral interview with John Olson. Olson joined the Army as an Infantry officer in June 1940 after graduating from West Point. He was assigned to the Philippines, at Fort McKinley, with the 57th Infantry Regiment. Olson was among those who surrendered to the Japanese and endured the Bataan Death March. At the prisoner-of-war camp, the Japanese assigned administrative duties to Olson. When prisoners were moved to another camp, Olson stayed behind a… more
Date: March 15, 1998
Duration: 2 hours 12 minutes 16 seconds
Creator: Olson, Colonel
Partner: National Museum of the Pacific War/Admiral Nimitz Foundation
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Oral History Interview with Donald Feindt, May 2, 2003

Description: The National Museum of the Pacific War presents an interview with Donald Feindt. Feindt joined the Navy in March of 1941. He completed aviation metalsmith schooling at a Naval armory in Detroit, Michigan. Beginning in September, Feindt worked as a motor machinist aboard USS President Adams (APA-19), participating in the Guadalcanal and Tulagi invasions and the New Georgia Campaign. In the spring of 1944, he was transferred to USS Sargent Bay (CVE-83), participating in the battles of Iwo Jima an… more
Date: May 2, 2003
Duration: 2 hours 27 minutes 12 seconds
Creator: Feindt, Donald
Partner: National Museum of the Pacific War/Admiral Nimitz Foundation
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Oral History Interview with Alfred Schmitz, June 12, 2002

Description: The National Museum of the Pacific War presents an oral interview with Alfred Schmitz. He was born on August 28, 1925 in Austin, Texas. He enlisted in the Navy in June 1944 and upon graduation from basic training and Fireman "A" School, he was assigned to the USS La Prade (DE-409) and sailed to Pearl Harbor. He next sailed in September 1944 with a hunter-killer task group during the Palau Islands invasion. He recalls the ship being involved in a joint attack on a Japanese midget submarine in th… more
Date: June 12, 2002
Duration: 39 minutes 21 seconds
Creator: Schmitz, Alfred
Partner: National Museum of the Pacific War/Admiral Nimitz Foundation
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Oral History Interview with Andrew Pate, July 25, 2003

Description: The National Museum of the Pacific War presents an interview with Andrew Pate. Pate joined the Army in February of 1945. He completed training with the Army Chaplain Corps. Pate served as a Stockade Chaplain at Fort Lewis in Washington, where he remained through August. From August of 1945 through the spring of 1946, Pate was assigned as Chaplain to Nichols Air Base in Manila, Philippines and Yokota Air Base in Tokyo, Japan. He returned to the US and was discharged in June of 1946.
Date: July 25, 2003
Duration: 53 minutes 53 seconds
Creator: Pate, Andrew
Partner: National Museum of the Pacific War/Admiral Nimitz Foundation
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Oral History Interview with Charles Towers

Description: The National Museum of the Pacific War presents an interview with Charles Towers. Towers joined the Navy V-12 Program in 1942, graduating in February of 1944. He then completed Midshipman School in June. He served as Gunnery Officer aboard the USS LCS(L)-118. They traveled to Hawaii in February of 1945, and participated in the Battle of Okinawa in April. They traveled to Leyte Gulf in the Philippines and Japan by September. They returned to the US in December, and Towers was discharged in the s… more
Date: unknown
Duration: 1 hour 39 seconds
Creator: Towers, Charles
Partner: National Museum of the Pacific War/Admiral Nimitz Foundation
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Oral History Interview with Randall Lathrop

Description: The National Museum of the Pacific War presents an interview with Randall Lathrop. Lathrop joined the Navy in 1943. He served as a Signalman and baker aboard LCS (L)-118. They traveled to Hawaii in February of 1945, and participated in the Battle of Okinawa in April. They traveled to Leyte Gulf in the Philippines and Japan by September. They returned to the US in December, and Lathrop was discharged in March of 1946.
Date: unknown
Duration: 27 minutes 18 seconds
Creator: Lathrop, Randall
Partner: National Museum of the Pacific War/Admiral Nimitz Foundation
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