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Oral History Interview with Leroy McCovney, December 8, 2001

Description: The National Museum of the Pacific War presents an interview with Leroy McCovney. McCovney joined the Navy in May of 1941. Beginning around August he served with the deck force aboard the USS Honolulu (CL-48). He was aboard the Honolulu on 7 December 1941 when it was moored in Pearl Harbor. McCovney provides vivid details of his experiences through the attack on that fateful day. His job was to help clean up the ship after the attack. After minor repairs to the ship, they traveled to Australia,… more
Date: December 8, 2001
Duration: 36 minutes 14 seconds
Creator: McCovney, Leroy
Partner: National Museum of the Pacific War/Admiral Nimitz Foundation
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Oral History Interview with James Werner, December 6, 2001

Description: The National Museum of the Pacific War presents an interview with James Werner. Werner joined the Army in January of 1940. He served as a gun mechanic with the 64th Coast Artillery Antiaircraft. Additionally, he worked as an assistant mail censor. He was stationed at Pearl Harbor during the 7 December 1941 attack. Werner provides vivid details of his experiences on the night before and during that fateful day. In early 1943 he joined the Army Air Forces, and was sent to radio school with specia… more
Date: December 6, 2001
Duration: 46 minutes 39 seconds
Creator: Werner, James
Partner: National Museum of the Pacific War/Admiral Nimitz Foundation
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Oral History Interview with Jack Edge

Description: The National Museum of the Pacific War presents a monologue with Jack Edge. Edge joined the Navy in 1941. He served aboard the USS Pelias (AS-14). They were conducting submarine overhauls at the Submarine Base where the ship was berthed during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. From July of 1942 through May of 1944, they refitted 59 submarines from their base in Fremantle, Australia. In the spring of 1945, they traveled to San Diego, repairing and decommissioning S class submarines. Edge was … more
Date: unknown
Duration: 38 minutes 46 seconds
Creator: Edge, Jack
Partner: National Museum of the Pacific War/Admiral Nimitz Foundation
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Oral History Interview with Luke Campeau, May 16, 2002

Description: The National Museum of the Pacific War presents an interview with Luke Campeau. Campeau joined the Army Air Corps in August of 1940. He served as Master Sergeant with the 15th Weather Squadron. They traveled to Australia. In December of 1942 he was commissioned to Milne Bay, New Guinea. He also served as a member of the American Guerrillas of Mindanao, Philippines. He shares vivid details of his work experience, life in general overseas and his specialized training in guerrilla warfare. He was … more
Date: May 16, 2002
Duration: 1 hour 29 minutes 15 seconds
Creator: Campeau, Luke
Partner: National Museum of the Pacific War/Admiral Nimitz Foundation
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Oral History Interview with Dale Van Vlack

Description: The National Museum of the Pacific War presents a monologue with Dale Van Vlack. Van Vlack joined the Navy in November of 1942. He completed Radio School. In early 1943, he traveled aboard the liberty ship SS George S. Boutwell (1943) to Australia. He served as Radioman Second-Class in the in the Royal Australian Navy communication center, maintaining radio transmitters. In 1944, Van Vlack went aboard the USS Anthedon (AS-24). They carried out refits and voyage repairs on submarines returning f… more
Date: unknown
Duration: 40 minutes 26 seconds
Creator: Van Vlack, Dale
Partner: National Museum of the Pacific War/Admiral Nimitz Foundation
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Oral History Interview with Bob Addobate, May 18, 2001

Description: The National Museum of the Pacific War presents an interview with Bob Addobate. Addobate joined the Navy in June of 1941. Beginning in August, he served as a Signalman Second-Class aboard the USS Solace (AH-5), arriving in Pearl Harbor in October. They were docked in the Harbor when the Japanese attacked. From March to August of 1942 they traveled through the Pacific to Australia, and discharged patients. From August of 1942 through May of 1943, they cared for fleet casualties and servicemen wo… more
Date: May 18, 2001
Duration: 1 hour 34 minutes 13 seconds
Creator: Addobate, Bob
Partner: National Museum of the Pacific War/Admiral Nimitz Foundation
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Oral History Interview with Ernest Dege, January 26, 2003

Description: The National Museum of the Pacific War presents an interview with Ernest Dege. Dege joined the Navy in 1940. He was stationed on Pearl Harbor when the Japanese attacked. Shortly after the attack, Dege was transferred to Philadelphia to complete schooling on super-heated boilers. Beginning April of 1944, he served as a Fireman aboard USS Wisconsin (BB-64). They traveled to Australia, Guadalcanal and Tulagi.
Date: January 26, 2003
Duration: 45 minutes 43 seconds
Creator: Dege, Ernest
Partner: National Museum of the Pacific War/Admiral Nimitz Foundation
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Oral History Interview with William Finnegan, February 21, 2003

Description: The National Museum of the Pacific War presents an oral interview with William Finnegan. Finnegan joined the Marine Corps without finishing high school right after the attack on Pearl Harbor. He went to Parris Island to train in February 1942. At New River, North Carolina, Finnegan was assigned to G Company, 2nd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, First Marine Division. Finnegan was among the first Marines to arrive on Guadalcanal in August, 1942. He participated in the Battle of the Tenaru River. … more
Date: February 21, 2003
Duration: 2 hours 9 minutes 35 seconds
Creator: Finnegan, William H.
Partner: National Museum of the Pacific War/Admiral Nimitz Foundation
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Oral History Interview with Arthur Schott, April 4, 2003

Description: The National Museum of the Pacific War presents an interview with Arthur Schott. Schott joined the Army in January of 1942. He completed Quartermaster training. In mid to late 1942 he traveled to Brisbane, Australia and New Guinea, serving with the Sixth Army Headquarters. In 1944 Schott was stationed in the Philippines, during the Battle of Leyte. His job was graves registration. He remained in the Philippines through early 1945. He returned to the US and was discharged in August.
Date: April 4, 2003
Duration: 31 minutes 02 seconds
Creator: Schott, Arthur
Partner: National Museum of the Pacific War/Admiral Nimitz Foundation
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Oral History Interview with Odis Taylor

Description: The National Museum of the Pacific War presents an interview with Odis Taylor. Taylor joined the Civilian Conservation Corps in 1940 to complete radio operator training. He joined the Navy in January of 1941, and completed Radio School. He volunteered for the submarine force at Pearl Harbor and served as Radioman aboard the USS Sculpin (SS-191). In October of 1941, they were assigned to the Philippines to reinforce the Asiatic Fleet. They completed war patrols in the South China Sea, Java, Suma… more
Date: unknown
Duration: 55 minutes 29 seconds
Creator: Taylor, Odis
Partner: National Museum of the Pacific War/Admiral Nimitz Foundation
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Oral History Interview with David Mackay, April 7, 2003

Description: The National Museum of the Pacific War presents an interview with David Mackay. Mackay joined the Army in June of 1942. Beginning in the spring of 1943, he deployed to Brisbane, Australia and served with the 32nd Infantry Division. He completed patrol work and additional training on Hollandia, New Guinea. From early 1944 through early 1945, Mackay participated in the landing at Saidor, the Battle of Leyte and the Battle of Luzon. He returned to the US and was discharged in October of 1945.
Date: April 7, 2003
Duration: 1 hour 22 minutes 08 seconds
Creator: Mackay, David
Partner: National Museum of the Pacific War/Admiral Nimitz Foundation
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Oral History Interview with Fred Hargesheimer, April 1, 2008

Description: The National Museum of the Pacific War presents an interview with Fred Hargesheimer. Hargesheimer joined the Army Air Forces in March of 1941. He completed flight training in March of 1942 and served as a pilot aboard an F-5, a modified P-38. He was assigned to the 8th Photo Squadron, 5th Air Force. He traveled to Australia and New Guinea. His plane had three cameras used for mapping at 20,000 feet, covering a 40-mile-wide strip. He provides some details of the cameras and techniques used in ma… more
Date: April 1, 2008
Duration: 1 hour 8 minutes 28 seconds
Creator: Hargesheimer, Fred
Partner: National Museum of the Pacific War/Admiral Nimitz Foundation
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Oral History Interview with Carrol Davidson, April 12, 2008

Description: The National Museum of the Pacific War presents an interview with Carrol Davidson. Davidson joined the Navy in November of 1944. He served in the Armed Guard as gun captain of the twin 3-inch .50 calibers aboard the SS Howell Lykes (1940). Beginning in February of 1945 they transported troops to New Guinea. They also traveled to Australia and picked up a group of Australian Rangers and delivered them to Borneo. He provides details of his travels over the Pacific, including firing at Japanese pl… more
Date: April 12, 2008
Duration: 2 hours 16 minutes 46 seconds
Creator: Davidson, Carrol
Partner: National Museum of the Pacific War/Admiral Nimitz Foundation
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Oral History Interview with Raymond Cheney, March 7, 2005

Description: The National Museum of the Pacific War presents an interview with Raymond Cheney. Cheney enlisted in the Army Air Forces in September of 1942. He completed radio school and served in Australia, New Guinea and Los Negros Island. He provides some details of his work and travel experiences. He was honorably discharged in 1946.
Date: March 7, 2005
Duration: 1 hour 28 minutes 01 second
Creator: Cheney, Raymond
Partner: National Museum of the Pacific War/Admiral Nimitz Foundation
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Oral History Interview with Jim Wilcox, March 7, 2009

Description: The National Museum of the Pacific War presents an oral interview with Jim Wilcox. Wilcox joined the Marine Corps in 1940. Upon completion of basic training he deployed to Guantanamo for further training. Assigned to artillery, he forwarded targets to the control center. He returned to the States to be treated for appendicitis and was then assigned to the special weapons battery of the 1st Marine Division, 11th Marine Regiment. Wilcox then landed in the third wave at Guadalcanal, where his ship… more
Date: March 7, 2009
Duration: 1 hour 17 minutes 12 seconds
Creator: Wilcox, Jim
Partner: National Museum of the Pacific War/Admiral Nimitz Foundation
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Oral History Interview with Eugene Spencer, March 11, 2009

Description: The National Museum of the Pacific War presents an interview with Eugene Spencer. Spencer joined the Navy in March of 1934. He completed metalsmith school. He was assigned to the Engineer Department in the Fire Room aboard the USS Porter (DD-356). He later moved into the engine room, where he served as water tender. Around 1936 they traveled to South Hampton, England, Stockholm, Sweden, Helsinki, Finland, Amsterdam and Madeira. They experienced a hurricane in the Atlantic. In mid-1940 Spencer w… more
Date: March 11, 2009
Duration: 1 hour 21 minutes 11 seconds
Creator: Spencer, Eugene
Partner: National Museum of the Pacific War/Admiral Nimitz Foundation
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Oral History Interview with Marion Adams, April 10, 2009

Description: The National Museum of the Pacific War presents an interview with Marion Adams. Adams was drafted into the Army in July of 1941. He served in the 43rd Engineer Construction Battalion, building roads, hospitals and kitchens. In 1942 he traveled to Australia, where he helped build three airstrips. They traveled to Oro Bay, Papua New Guinea, building railroads and airstrips. Adams was also trained as a medic, serving in the First Aid station. He provides details of both work experiences in enginee… more
Date: April 10, 2009
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes 17 seconds
Creator: Adams, Marion
Partner: National Museum of the Pacific War/Admiral Nimitz Foundation
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Oral History Interview with Robert Rhoades, May 7, 2009

Description: The National Museum of the Pacific War presents an oral interview with Robert Rhoades. Rhoades joined the Navy in February 1942 and received basic training in San Diego. He received gunnery training at an armed guard school and upon completion was assigned to a Merchant Marine ship, the SS Canfield, carrying supplies to Halifax. He then served aboard the SS Potomac, bringing Army supplies to Panama and returning with raw sugar. The ship was coal-powered and broke down in the Gulf of Mexico; so … more
Date: May 7, 2009
Duration: 40 minutes 57 seconds
Creator: Rhoades, Robert
Partner: National Museum of the Pacific War/Admiral Nimitz Foundation
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Oral History Interview with Charles Engel, June 18, 2009

Description: The National Museum of the Pacific War presents an interview with Charles Engel. Engel joined the Navy in December of 1939. He served aboard the USS Zane (DMS-14) as Chief Signalman. Engel was aboard the Zane on 7 December 1941 in Pearl Harbor. At 7:55am he heard the planes and identified the marks on Japanese planes. He signaled the nearby ships, announcing the attack on Pearl Harbor. At Pearl Harbor, their ship was assigned to a mine warfare force to sweep mines. They also traveled to Austral… more
Date: June 18, 2009
Duration: 1 hour 15 minutes 19 seconds
Creator: Engel, Charles
Partner: National Museum of the Pacific War/Admiral Nimitz Foundation
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Oral History Interview with Roy Goedeke, October 23, 2007

Description: The National Museum of the Pacific War presents an interview with Roy Goedeke. Goedeke joined the Navy in 1940. Beginning September of 1941, he was assigned to the deck force aboard the USS Fulton (AS-11), a submarine tender. They were in Panama on 7 December 1941. Their ship transported aviation gasoline to Nicaragua and Ecuador, where they built seaplane bases. In early 1942 they worked in Pearl Harbor assisting with asbestos clean-up. Goedeke describes the damage on the island. In July of 19… more
Date: October 23, 2007
Duration: 1 hour 29 minutes 16 seconds
Creator: Goedeke, Roy
Partner: National Museum of the Pacific War/Admiral Nimitz Foundation
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Oral History Interview with Warren Link, January 3, 2008

Description: The National Museum of the Pacific War presents an interview with Warren Link. Link joined the Navy in 1938. He completed Diesel Engineering School. From May of 1941 through December of 1944, Link served as a Machinist Mate aboard the USS Tambor (SS-198), completing 12 war patrols with the submarine. He traveled through Wake Island, Midway Island, Pearl Harbor, Australia, the Philippine Islands and Japan. In December of 1944, Link was transferred to the USS Diablo (SS-479), where he was station… more
Date: January 3, 2008
Duration: 2 hours 7 minutes 45 seconds
Creator: Link, Warren
Partner: National Museum of the Pacific War/Admiral Nimitz Foundation
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Oral History Interview with Vernon Kelly, February 21, 2008

Description: The National Museum of the Pacific War presents an interview with Vernon Kelly. Kelly joined the Navy in June of 1941. From mid-1941 through March of 1943, he served as a gunner aboard the USS Honolulu (CL-48). They were stationed at Pearl Harbor when the Japanese attacked. Beginning in the spring of 1942, they provided escort duty to Australia, Samoa, Alaska and Guadalcanal. They participated in the Battle of Kula Gulf in July of 1943. Kelly was then transferred to the USS Chilton (APA-38), pa… more
Date: February 21, 2008
Duration: 1 hour 52 minutes 18 seconds
Creator: Kelly, Vernon
Partner: National Museum of the Pacific War/Admiral Nimitz Foundation
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Oral History Interview with Garland John Robinson, November 10, 2009

Description: The National Museum of the Pacific War presents an oral interview with Garland John Robinson. Before the attack on Pearl Harbor, Robinson joined the Army Air Corps. Having already earned a Bachelor of Arts, he was interested in becoming a mechanic and was assigned to the so-called 3rd Attack Group, 89th Squadron as an assistant engineering officer. Stationed on a racetrack in Australia, Robinson maintained B-17s and socialized with locals. He transferred to a group in New Guinea, where he worke… more
Date: November 10, 2009
Duration: 3 hours 19 minutes 59 seconds
Creator: Robinson, Garland John
Partner: National Museum of the Pacific War/Admiral Nimitz Foundation
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Oral History Interview with John Frost, April 28, 2010

Description: The National Museum of the Pacific War presents an interview with John Frost. Frost joined the Army Air Forces around late 1942 and served as a pilot in the 13th Army Air Force, 5th Bombardment Group, 394th Bomb Squadron. In mid-1944 he was assigned to pilot and serve as Squadron Navigator aboard B-24s in the Pacific. They provided air support during the Battle of Leyte Gulf. He describes one event where he and his crew were shot down over Mindanao in the Philippines. They were taken to Morotai… more
Date: April 28, 2010
Duration: 38 minutes 26 seconds
Creator: Frost, John
Partner: National Museum of the Pacific War/Admiral Nimitz Foundation
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