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Oral History Interview with Iliff D. Richardson, February 22, 1997

Description: The National Museum of the Pacific War presents an oral interview with Iliff Richardson. Richardson was commissioned in the Navy in 1940 and assigned to Motor Torpedo Boat Squadron 3 as the executive officer of PT-34. After the loss of his boat in April 1942, he joined a band of Filipino guerrillas. Richardson tells of setting up radio transmitters and of the unusual features of the operations and equipment used. At the request of General Douglas MacArthur he plotted the Japanese mine fields in… more
Date: February 22, 1997
Duration: 53 minutes 19 seconds
Creator: Richardson, Iliff D.
Partner: National Museum of the Pacific War/Admiral Nimitz Foundation
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Oral History Interview with Joe Snyder, October 29, 2002

Description: The National Museum of the Pacific War presents an oral interview with Joe Snyder. Snyder was born in Kansas City, Missouri on 8 July 1918. He was working for the Kansas City Star newspaper when he was drafted in November 1941. After completing basic training at Fort Riley, Kansas, he applied for Officer Candidate School. He was accepted and sent to the Armor Center at Fort Knox, Kentucky for training. Upon graduating, he was commissioned a second lieutenant and ordered to report to the 14th Ar… more
Date: October 29, 2002
Duration: 1 hour 17 minutes 41 seconds
Creator: Snyder, Joe
Partner: National Museum of the Pacific War/Admiral Nimitz Foundation
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Oral History Interview with Robert Donihi, October 13, 1996

Description: The National Museum of the Pacific War presents an oral interview with Robert Donihi. Donihi was born in Erie, Pennsylvania. He graduated from high school in 1934. During the Depression, he worked low wage jobs and lost his leg in an automobile accident while hitchhiking to Florida. His experiences influenced him to attend law school. He passed the Bar in 1941 and went to work in Tennessee. He was exempt from the draft, but was motivated to learn to fly under the Civil Air Patrol. He joined the… more
Date: October 13, 1996
Duration: 2 hours 32 minutes 20 seconds
Creator: Donihi, Robert
Partner: National Museum of the Pacific War/Admiral Nimitz Foundation
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Oral History Interview with Jack O. Arnold, June 1, 2005

Description: Transcript of an oral interview with Jack O. Arnold. Arnold was born in El Paso, Texas on 27 June, 1923. He enlisted in the Army in May 1942 while in his second year at the Texas College of Mines and Metallurgy. After basic training at Camp Maxey, Texas, he joined the 14th Armored Division. Circa 1944-1945, he joined the 503rd Parachute Infantry Regiment. He participated in the battle for the recapture of Corregidor. He discusses the Japanese defensive network of tunnels on the island. He was a… more
Date: June 1, 2005
Duration: 2 hours 4 minutes 57 seconds
Creator: Arnold, Jack O.
Partner: National Museum of the Pacific War/Admiral Nimitz Foundation
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Oral History Interview with Mathew Montee

Description: The National Museum of the Pacific War presents an oral interview with Mathew Montee. Montee was born in the Philippines and joined the Army in 1939. He was transferred to Clark Field and drove a truck that refueled planes. While there, he made a joke about General MacArthur, only to find the general standing right behind him. MacArthur wasn’t offended. Montee joined the First Staff Squadron as the commanding officer’s chauffer in Washington, D.C. Soon, Major General Martin Scanlon recruited Mo… more
Date: unknown
Duration: 37 minutes 43 seconds
Creator: Montee, Mathew
Partner: National Museum of the Pacific War/Admiral Nimitz Foundation
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Oral History Interview with Edwin Schuler, December 6, 2008

Description: The National Museum of the Pacific War presents an oral interview with Edwin Schuler. Schuler joined the Navy and in early 1940 was assigned to the USS Phoenix (CL-46) as a fire controlman. During the attack on Pearl Harbor, he was at the gun director, preparing the ship’s artillery, which required the coordination of several hundred men. He describes the happenings at East Loch that morning, including a moment when he stopped to help a wounded Army man. After the ship got underway, they chased… more
Date: December 6, 2008
Duration: 48 minutes 16 seconds
Creator: Schuler, Edwin
Partner: National Museum of the Pacific War/Admiral Nimitz Foundation
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Oral History Interview with Colin Furr, March 21, 2014

Description: The National Museum of the Pacific War presents an oral interview with Colin Furr. Furr was born in Hunt, Texas in 1925. He tells of living conditions and schooling during his early years. Upon graduating from high school in 1942, he joined the Army and received basic training at Camp Kohler, California. He trained as a truck driver and was sent to Hollandia and assigned to the 52nd Signal Battalion, Company C. He was later assigned as a truck driver working with a unit constructing rhombic rad… more
Date: March 21, 2014
Duration: 1 hour 13 minutes 33 seconds
Creator: Furr, Colin
Partner: National Museum of the Pacific War/Admiral Nimitz Foundation
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Oral History Interview with Eugene Hannemann, June 23, 2014

Description: The National Museum of the Pacific War presents an interview with Eugene Hannemann. Hannemann joined the Navy in June of 1943. He deployed after basic training to Brisbane, Australia, where he was assigned to a replacement unit. He served as a Yeoman in the Admiral’s Office of the 7th Fleet, under the direction of Douglas MacArthur. Hannemann additionally served on bases in Hollandia, New Guinea and in the Philippines. In mid-1945, he was transferred to a Navy base in Florida. In 1946, he recei… more
Date: June 23, 2014
Duration: 1 hour 8 minutes 35 seconds
Creator: Hannemann, Eugene
Partner: National Museum of the Pacific War/Admiral Nimitz Foundation
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Oral History Interview with Robert Axworthy, July 28, 2015

Description: The National Museum of the Pacific War presents an oral interview with Robert Axworthy. Axworthy was drafted into the Army in April, 1944. He broke his foot in basic training. Once healed, he went overseas and landed on Leyte during the invasion. Because of a high score on an aptitude test, Axworthy was transferred from the infantry to the signal section in MacArthur’s General Headquarters on Leyte. When the war ended, he travelled to Tokyo with GHQ. He recalls an anecdote where he ran into Gen… more
Date: July 28, 2015
Duration: 1 hour 35 minutes 11 seconds
Creator: Axworthy, Robert T
Partner: National Museum of the Pacific War/Admiral Nimitz Foundation
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Oral History Interview with Richard Feddersen, April 22, 2015

Description: The National Museum of the Pacific War presents an oral interview with Richard Feddersen. After finishing college in Iowa, Feddersen entered the Army with a ROTC commission in May 1941. He received further infantry training at Fort Benning. In March 1943, he went overseas and was assigned to the 162nd Infantry Regiment, 41st Infantry Division, which was engaged in combat in New Guinea. He stayed with the same outfit throughout the New Guinea campaign and headed for the Philippines with them. He… more
Date: April 22, 2015
Duration: 1 hour 31 minutes 38 seconds
Creator: Feddersen, Richard T
Partner: National Museum of the Pacific War/Admiral Nimitz Foundation
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Oral History Interview with Robert Lee Thomas, December 30, 2015

Description: The National Museum of the Pacific War presents an oral interview with Robert Lee Thomas. Thomas joined the Army in December 1944. He describes his training in intelligence and reconnaissance. Thomas was sent to the Philippines as a replacement and details going through a typhoon en route. He arrived in Manila after the city had been recaptured and was assigned to the Military Police. Thomas discusses some of the incidents he encountered during his duties including looking for a murder suspect … more
Date: December 30, 2015
Duration: 49 minutes 50 seconds
Creator: Thomas, Robert Lee
Partner: National Museum of the Pacific War/Admiral Nimitz Foundation
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Oral History Interview with Harold Snider, March 28, 1987

Description: The National Museum of the Pacific War presents an interview with Harold Snider. Snider joined the Army Air Corps around 1939. He completed flight training, and was assigned to a B-17 with the 7th Bomb Group. They deployed to Honolulu on 6 December 1941, and landed at Hickam Field during the Japanese attack on 7 December. He describes the events of this day, landing amidst explosions and smoke. Once they landed, they jumped into a ditch while being strafed by the Japanese. In January of 1942, t… more
Date: March 28, 1987
Duration: 1 hour 23 minutes 52 seconds
Creator: Snider, Harold
Partner: National Museum of the Pacific War/Admiral Nimitz Foundation
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Oral History Interview with Viola Kaplan, December 6, 2009

Description: The National Museum of the Pacific War presents an oral interview with Viola Kaplan. Kaplan was a first-year student at DePaul when the war started. She left the university to join the Women’s Army Corps (WAC) in the spring of 1942 and received basic training in Kansas. Given her background as a math major, she was assigned as a logician to headquarters in New Guinea, where ships were loaded before invasions. Kaplan alone determined how best to fill each ship with troops and supplies. She worke… more
Date: December 6, 2009
Duration: 40 minutes 48 seconds
Creator: Kaplan, Viola
Partner: National Museum of the Pacific War/Admiral Nimitz Foundation
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Oral History Interview with Ellsworth Handy, December 21, 2009

Description: Transcript of an oral interview with Ellsworth Handy. Born in 1914, he entered the Army in August, 1940. He was assigned to the 1st Cavalry Headquarters, 29th Quartermaster Regiment. In early 1942 he was sent to the Pacific Theater. He describes being transported from San Francisco, California to Australia aboard the RMS Queen Elizabeth. He was responsible for running convoys of trucks in remote areas of the country. As Plans and Recreation Officer in Brisbane, he arranged entertainment in a lo… more
Date: December 21, 2009
Duration: 1 hour 25 minutes 54 seconds
Creator: Handy, Ellsworth
Partner: National Museum of the Pacific War/Admiral Nimitz Foundation
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Oral History Interview with Edwin Dubose, February 21, 1997

Description: The National Museum of the Pacific War presents an oral interview with Edwin Dubose. Dubose was born in Waxahachie, Texas on 8 August 1917 and after graduating from Texas A&M, received his commission as ensign in the Navy in 1941. He interviewed with Lieutenant John D. Bulkeley while at Midshipman School in Chicago and was selected for Motor Torpedo Boat Squadron School in Melville, Rhode Island. After training, Dubose was assigned to Motor Torpedo Boat Squadron 15. His squadron was the first t… more
Date: February 21, 1997
Duration: 37 minutes 09 seconds
Creator: Dubose, Edwin
Partner: National Museum of the Pacific War/Admiral Nimitz Foundation
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Oral History Interview with Bill Lane, April 1, 2006

Description: The National Museum of the Pacific War presents an oral interview with Bill Lane. Lane was attending the University of Texas and tried joining the Marine Corps, but did not pass the physical. He instead opted for the Army, which accepted him. He trained at Fort Custer, Michigan. There he trained as a military policeman and was soon shipped to a prisoner of war camp housing German submarine sailors in New Mexico. After being sent to west coast, Lane boarded a ship and sailed 23 days to New Caled… more
Date: April 1, 2006
Duration: 29 minutes 51 seconds
Creator: Lane, Bill
Partner: National Museum of the Pacific War/Admiral Nimitz Foundation
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Oral History Interview with Sister Mary Aquinas Nimitz, O. P., September 29, 2002

Description: The National Museum of the Pacific War presents an oral interview with Sister Mary Aquinas Nimitz. She begins by relating information about her aunts and uncles on her mother's (Freeman) and her father's (Nimitz) sides of the family. She also sums up her school years by relating all the places she moved to during the period leading up to the war. Nimitz also relates several stories about her parents and her life in a religious community. She also speaks of her parents activities during the war … more
Date: September 29, 2002
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes 46 seconds
Creator: Nimitz, Sister Mary Aquinas
Partner: National Museum of the Pacific War/Admiral Nimitz Foundation
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Oral History Interview with David Richardson, September 28, 2002

Description: The National Museum of the Pacific War presents an interview with David Richardson. Richardson served as a journalist and sergeant in the Army from 1941-1945. In 1941 he worked as editor of the Camp Pendleton newspaper. He then worked for the Army Weekly and Yank in New York in 1942. They sent him, with orders, to General MacArthur in Australia to put together a group of journalists to document the war in the China, Burma, India Theatre of Operations. He participated in battles in New Guinea, t… more
Date: September 28, 2002
Duration: 1 hour 50 seconds
Creator: Richardson, David
Partner: National Museum of the Pacific War/Admiral Nimitz Foundation
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Oral History Interview with Gerald Graham, September 28, 2002

Description: The National Museum of the Pacific War presents an interview with Gerald Graham. Graham joined the Georgia National Guard in the 1930s, and enlisted in Troop C, 108th Cavalry. In 1940, his unit was re-designated to Battery C, 101st Anti-aircraft Battalion. He was stationed at Fort Stewart in Georgia when Japan attacked Pearl Harbor. Beginning May of 1942, his unit was transferred to the 40th Coastal Artillery Brigade, and they served as the first ground troops in New Guinea. Graham worked as th… more
Date: September 28, 2002
Duration: 1 hour 24 seconds
Creator: Graham, Gerald
Partner: National Museum of the Pacific War/Admiral Nimitz Foundation
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Oral History Interview with Jordan Garrett, November 9, 2002

Description: The National Museum of the Pacific War presents an oral interview with Jordan Garrett. Garrett was born in Arkadelphia, Arkansas 19 September 1920. He joined the Navy after he quit high school and went to Great Lakes Naval Training Station, Illinois for boot camp. He was then assigned to the USS Houston (CA-30) serving as a cook and a barber. He gave Admiral Thomas C. Hart and General Douglas MacArthur shaves when they were aboard the ship. He was injured when the Houston was sunk by the Japane… more
Date: November 9, 2002
Duration: 55 minutes 35 seconds
Creator: Garrett, Jordan
Partner: National Museum of the Pacific War/Admiral Nimitz Foundation
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Oral History Interview with Don Fox, July 27, 2001

Description: The National Museum of the Pacific War presents an oral interview with Don Fox. He was born July 3, 1926 in Pulaski, Indiana. He was drafted into the Army on January 9, 1945. Upon completion of basic training he shipped out to Leyte Island in the Philippines where he joined the 24th Division, 34th Regiment. During the transit the war with Japan ended. He recalls in September 1945 taking part in an unopposed amphibious landing on Matsuyama, Japan, where there was a Japanese Army base. He recalls… more
Date: July 27, 2001
Duration: 44 minutes 38 seconds
Creator: Fox, Don
Partner: National Museum of the Pacific War/Admiral Nimitz Foundation
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Oral History Interview with Bill Carty

Description: The National Museum of the Pacific War presents an oral monologue of Bill Carty. Carty was an Australian war correspondent . He discusses how he got t oNew Guinea to cover the war and his relationship General Robert Eichelberger. He discusses his role in the infantry and armor assault at Buna. Carty also mentions meeting John Bulkeley and going out with him on PT boats. Carty made the landing at Hollandia with the 42nd Infantry Division and Eichelberger. Later in 1944, Carty joined General MacA… more
Date: unknown
Duration: 59 minutes 44 seconds
Creator: Carty, Bill
Partner: National Museum of the Pacific War/Admiral Nimitz Foundation
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