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Oral History Interview with Paul Platz, August 1, 2007

Description: The National Museum of the Pacific War presents an interview with Paul Platz. Platz joined the Army in July of 1944. He served with the 77th Infantry Division, 307th Infantry Regiment. He participated in the liberation of the Philippines in late 1944. In the spring of 1945, Platz was in the assault on the Kerama Islands and the Battle of Okinawa, where he was wounded. He returned to the US and received a medical discharge.
Date: August 1, 2007
Duration: 1 hour 46 minutes 16 seconds
Creator: Platz, Paul
Partner: National Museum of the Pacific War/Admiral Nimitz Foundation
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Oral History Interview with William Starke, July 17, 2007

Description: The National Museum of the Pacific War presents an interview with William Starke. Starke joined the Army Air Forces in March of 1942. He completed flight training and graduated at Williams Field, Arizona, in July of 1943 as a P-38 pilot. He provides details of his flight training and the various planes he flew. In November he traveled to Guadalcanal and joined the 44th Fighter Squadron, 13th Air Force. Starke served as a P-38 Lightning pilot and completed 121 missions throughout the Pacific, in… more
Date: July 17, 2007
Duration: 1 hour 46 minutes 13 seconds
Creator: Starke, William
Partner: National Museum of the Pacific War/Admiral Nimitz Foundation
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Oral History Interview with Warren Elder, November 2, 2000

Description: The National Museum of the Pacific War presents an interview with Warren Elder. Elder joined the Army Air Forces in February of 1941. In March, he deployed to the Philippines, and was stationed at Clark Field. After the attack on the Philippines, Elder served as a gunner in defending Bataan and Corregidor, surrendering to the Japanese in May of 1942. He was captured and held a prisoner of war at Bilibid Prison and Cabanatuan Camp, until liberated in early 1945. He returned to the US, and contin… more
Date: November 2, 2000
Duration: 1 hour 46 minutes 01 second
Creator: Elder, Warren
Partner: National Museum of the Pacific War/Admiral Nimitz Foundation
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Oral History Interview with Raymond Heller, March 6, 2001

Description: The National Museum of the Pacific War presents an oral interview with Raymond Heller. Heller joined the Army in September 1944 and received basic training at Camp Hood. Upon completion, he was assigned to the 40th Infantry Division as a rifleman. In March 1945 he travelled to Leyte and was camped beside survivors of the Bataan Death March. He made patrols along various islands, to protect villagers from Japanese raids. While in the Philippines, he bought fresh fruits from natives. He recalls t… more
Date: March 6, 2001
Duration: 56 minutes 57 seconds
Creator: Heller, Raymond
Partner: National Museum of the Pacific War/Admiral Nimitz Foundation
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Oral History Interview with Sedgie Hinson, December 1, 2000

Description: The National Museum of the Pacific War presents an interview with Sedgie Hinson. Hinson graduated from Mississippi State University in 1940, with a degree in Electrical Engineering. He joined the Army in July of 1940. He was assigned to an anti-aircraft unit. In early 1941, he deployed to the Philippines, and was assigned to a 16-inch mortar unit on Corregidor. After the Japanese invaded the Philippines, Hinson participated in defending Corregidor, surrendering to the Japanese in May of 1942. H… more
Date: December 1, 2000
Duration: 2 hours 7 minutes 42 seconds
Creator: Hinson, Sedgie
Partner: National Museum of the Pacific War/Admiral Nimitz Foundation
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Oral History Interview with Maurice Horine, January 8, 2001

Description: The National Museum of the Pacific War presents an interview with Maurice Horine. Horine joined the Navy in August of 1942. He completed Yeoman schooling. He served as Yeoman Second-Class with a Carrier Aircraft Service Unit in Seattle through April of 1944. In January of 1945, Horine was assigned to the USS General M. L. Hersey (AP-148). They transported troops to the Philippines and the Mariana Islands during the final amphibious offensive against Japan. After the war, he returned to the US a… more
Date: January 8, 2001
Duration: 1 hour 3 minutes 40 seconds
Creator: Horine, Maurice
Partner: National Museum of the Pacific War/Admiral Nimitz Foundation
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Oral History Interview with Lyman Mereness, February 23, 2001

Description: The National Museum of the Pacific War presents an interview with Lyman Mereness. Mereness joined the Navy in May of 1942. He received his wings in March of 1943. He served with the 8th Bomb Squadron. Beginning August of 1943, they served as the air group aboard the USS Intrepid (CV-11). Mereness supported the invasion of Hollandia and the Philippines Campaign, completing 39 combat missions. He was discharged in September of 1945.
Date: February 23, 2001
Duration: 4 hours 15 minutes 10 seconds
Creator: Mereness, Lyman
Partner: National Museum of the Pacific War/Admiral Nimitz Foundation
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Oral History Interview with Isidore Ozuna, October 24, 2000

Description: The National Museum of the Pacific War presents an interview with Isidore Ozuna. Ozuna joined the Navy in July of 1943. He served with the deck force aboard the USS Colorado (BB-45). His battle station was with the gun crews. He participated in the pre-invasion shelling and fire support of Tarawa, Kwajalein, Saipan, Guam, Tinian, Leyte, Lingayen Gulf and Okinawa. He returned to the US after the war ended and received his discharge in December of 1945.
Date: October 24, 2000
Duration: 2 hours 1 minute 48 seconds
Creator: Ozuna, Isidore
Partner: National Museum of the Pacific War/Admiral Nimitz Foundation
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Oral History Interview with Robert LeBeau

Description: The National Museum of the Pacific War presents an interview with Robert LeBeau. LeBeau joined the Navy in May of 1943. He completed radio school, and played clarinet in the band located on base at Great Lakes. He served aboard the USS Talbot (APD-7), transporting Navy and Marine underwater demolition teams, and escorting convoys. They traveled to Pearl Harbor, the Philippines, Saipan and Okinawa. They conducted anti-submarine patrols, and returned to the US in October of 1945. After the war en… more
Date: unknown
Duration: 31 minutes 22 seconds
Creator: LeBeau, Robert
Partner: National Museum of the Pacific War/Admiral Nimitz Foundation
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Oral History Interview with Will Lehner

Description: The National Museum of the Pacific War presents an interview with Will Lehner. Lehner joined the Navy Reserve in 1938. He began active duty in January of 1941, when he went aboard USS Ward (DD-139). They deployed to Pearl Harbor, where the destroyer patrolled locally over the next year. On 7 December, the Ward was conducting a precautionary patrol off the entrance to Pearl Harbor when she was informed at 03:57 by visual signals from the coastal minesweeper, USS Condor (AMc-14), of a periscope s… more
Date: unknown
Duration: 46 minutes 30 seconds
Creator: Lehner, Will
Partner: National Museum of the Pacific War/Admiral Nimitz Foundation
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Oral History Interview with William Meehan, October 11, 2003

Description: The National Museum of the Pacific War presents an oral interview with William Meehan. Meehan was born in Lambertville, New Jersey. He attended midshipman’s school at Northwestern in Chicago completing the course in December 1940. He was commissioned by Admiral Chester W. Nimitz. Meehan received orders to report to the USS Goldsborough (AVD-5), a seaplane tender, as the communications officer. He recounts various missions to Mexico and Iceland and describes a trip to Greenland during which the … more
Date: October 11, 2003
Duration: 44 minutes 19 seconds
Creator: Meehan, William
Partner: National Museum of the Pacific War/Admiral Nimitz Foundation
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Oral History Interview with Curtis G. Clark, October 11, 2003

Description: The National Museum of the Pacific War presents an oral interview with Curtis G. Clark. Born in 1918, he joined the Navy in 1937. He served on the USS Talbot throughout the war, beginning as a Radioman third class and working his way up to the rank of Warrant Officer. He provides information about the Battle of Dutch Harbor in Alaska. He discusses the conversion of four-stack destroyer ships (DD), such as the USS Talbot, into high-speed transport ships (Auxiliary Personnel Destroyer or APD) on … more
Date: October 11, 2003
Duration: 37 minutes 52 seconds
Creator: Clark, Curtis G.
Partner: National Museum of the Pacific War/Admiral Nimitz Foundation
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Oral History Interview with Rhollie Nix, October 16, 2003

Description: The National Museum of the Pacific War presents an interview with Rhollie Nix. Nix joined the Navy in 1943. He completed schooling for welding, metallurgy and diving. He served as Second-Class Petty Officer and deep-sea diver aboard USS Cebu (ARG-6). He assisted with underwater welding repairs of LST propellers. They traveled to the Admiralty Islands, the Philippines, Okinawa and Japan. He was discharged around 1946.
Date: October 16, 2003
Duration: 21 minutes 42 seconds
Creator: Nix, Rhollie
Partner: National Museum of the Pacific War/Admiral Nimitz Foundation
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Oral History Interview with Frank MacDonald

Description: The National Museum of the Pacific War presents an interview with Frank MacDonald. MacDonald completed the Naval Academy in February of 1941. He was assigned to the Pacific Fleet aboard the USS Wasmuth (DMS-15). MacDonald worked as a Communications Officer. At Pearl Harbor, their ship served as the forerunner of the fleet of minesweepers and destroyers guarding the Harbor entrance from enemy submarines. MacDonald was present during the Japanese attack. After the attack, they continued their ser… more
Date: unknown
Duration: 35 minutes 31 seconds
Creator: MacDonald, Frank
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 Edmond Drake, May 13, 2004

Description: The National Museum of the Pacific War presents an interview with Edmond Drake. Drake joined the Navy in April of 1943. Beginning early 1944, he served as Electrician’s Mate aboard USS President Adams (APA-19). They transported troops and supplies during the Battle of Guam, the invasion Luzon and the Battle of Iwo Jima. He returned to the US in April of 1945.
Date: May 13, 2004
Duration: 58 minutes 15 seconds
Creator: Drake, Edmond
Partner: National Museum of the Pacific War/Admiral Nimitz Foundation
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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 Charles Juliussen, October 19, 2001

Description: The National Museum of the Pacific War presents an interview with Charles Juliussen. Juliussen joined the Navy Seabees in March of 1943. He completed boot camp, gunnery school and additional Seabees training at Port Hueneme in California. Juliussen served with the 33rd Naval Construction Battalion. They traveled by freighter to the Russell Islands and had a Shellback initiation when they crossed the equator. They helped load an LST, and invaded the Green Islands, where they were attacked by Jap… more
Date: October 19, 2001
Duration: 34 minutes 23 seconds
Creator: Juliussen, Charles
Partner: National Museum of the Pacific War/Admiral Nimitz Foundation
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Oral History Interview with Art Rankin, October 19, 2001

Description: The National Museum of the Pacific War presents an interview with Art Rankin. Rankin was born in 1924 and joined the Navy after he graduated high school, around 1942. He completed boot camp at Camp Perry in Ohio. In the fall of 1943 he traveled to Noumea, New Caledonia and Russell Islands, off Guadalcanal. Rankin continued on to Green Islands where he was assigned to sanitation details and mess cook duty. He traveled on to Leyte Gulf, Samar and Guiuan in the Philippines. His unit built an airst… more
Date: October 19, 2001
Duration: 33 minutes 54 seconds
Creator: Rankin, Art
Partner: National Museum of the Pacific War/Admiral Nimitz Foundation
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Oral History Interview with Charles Herndon, December 6, 2001

Description: The National Museum of the Pacific War presents an interview with Charles Herndon. Herndon joined the Navy in January of 1940. In April he was assigned aboard USS San Francisco (CA-38). He maintained the decks of the ship and worked as a mess cook. They were in Pearl Harbor Navy Yard awaiting an overhaul of their engineering plant when the attack on Pearl Harbor occurred. In late 1943 Herndon was assigned to a beach landing party aboard the USS Oxford (APA-189). He served in visual communicatio… more
Date: December 6, 2001
Duration: 54 minutes 28 seconds
Creator: Herndon, Charles
Partner: National Museum of the Pacific War/Admiral Nimitz Foundation
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Oral History Interview with Neal Hachenberg, December 6, 2001

Description: The National Museum of the Pacific War presents an interview with Neal Hachenberg. Hachenberg joined the Navy in June of 1941. He served as First Class Gunner’s Mate aboard USS Detroit (CL-8). They were moored at Pearl Harbor alongside the USS Raleigh (CL-7) and USS Utah (BB-31) when the Japanese attacked. They ran convoy duty from Pearl Harbor, transporting 9 short tons of gold evacuated from Corregidor, to the United States Treasury Department at San Francisco. In early 1945 they transported … more
Date: December 6, 2001
Duration: 32 minutes 05 seconds
Creator: Hachenberg, Neal
Partner: National Museum of the Pacific War/Admiral Nimitz Foundation
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Oral History Interview with Michael Silan, January 25, 2002

Description: The National Museum of the Pacific War presents an interview with Michael Silan. Silan joined the Marine Corps in February of 1943. He trained as an airplane mechanic, and provides details of his training, including the type of airplanes and engines he worked on. In December of 1943 he traveled to New Caledonia aboard the USS Mintaka (AK-94), and shares experiences of his travels. He was assigned to Marine Scout Dive Bomber Squadron 241 (VMSB-241), and served as a Marine plane captain. In the s… more
Date: January 25, 2002
Duration: 2 hours 58 minutes 48 seconds
Creator: Silan, Michael
Partner: National Museum of the Pacific War/Admiral Nimitz Foundation
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Oral History Interview with Theron MacKay, September 25, 2001

Description: The National Museum of the Pacific War presents an oral interview with Theron MacKay. MacKay was born in Providence, Rhode Island 13 July 1924 and joined the Navy in June 1943. After completing boot camp at the Great Lakes Naval Training Center, Illinois, he was sent to Solomons, Maryland for amphibious training. He received four weeks of training in the duties of each member of a boat crew in various types of large landing craft and graduated as a qualified Coxswain. He then went aboard the US… more
Date: September 25, 2001
Duration: 1 hour 2 minutes 53 seconds
Creator: MacKay, Theron
Partner: National Museum of the Pacific War/Admiral Nimitz Foundation
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Oral History Interview with William Findley, April 2, 2002

Description: The National Museum of the Pacific War presents an interview with William Findley. Findley served with the Navy ROTC V-12 program at the University of Texas at Austin. From there he was commissioned an ensign and called to active duty. He was sent to the University of California at Berkeley for engineering, science and management war training in marine power plants. Upon graduation in August 1944, he was assigned to the USS Wyandot (AKA-92) as the Engineering Officer in the Pacific Theater. The… more
Date: April 2, 2002
Duration: 57 minutes 39 seconds
Creator: Findley, William
Partner: National Museum of the Pacific War/Admiral Nimitz Foundation
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