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Oral History Interview with William F. Graham, March 24, 2001

Description: Interview with Bill Graham, a Marine during World War II. He begins by discussing joining the Navy and becoming a corpsman, then being transferred to the 2nd Marine Division after the Pearl Harbor attack. He also talks being in the first wave on Guadalcanal and various things that happened during the six months there, as well as contracting a severe strain of malaria, getting shipped back to the States and stationed near his home in Fort Worth, then returning to training in Virginia to prepare… more
Date: March 24, 2001
Duration: 41 minutes 07 seconds
Creator: Smith, Ned A. & Graham, William F.
Partner: National Museum of the Pacific War/Admiral Nimitz Foundation
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Oral History Interview with Joseph B. Brown, March 24, 2001

Description: Interview with Joseph Brown, who was in the Marine Corps during World War II. He discusses going to Guadalcanal, various guns and artillery he used, the battle of Tarawa and getting malaria just before it, then going to Hawaii for more training before returning to the South Pacific and fighting on Saipan and Tinian. He also discusses being wounded on Saipan, having a bayonet run through his forearm and keeping the bayonet as a souvenir after the war, and he talks about some of his experiences … more
Date: March 24, 2001
Duration: 1 hour 13 minutes 27 seconds
Creator: Cox, William G. & Brown, Joseph B.
Partner: National Museum of the Pacific War/Admiral Nimitz Foundation

Oral History Interview with Al Quackenbush, October 10, 1999

Description: The National Museum of the Pacific War presents an interview with Al Quackenbush. Quackenbush joined the Navy in 1931. He served as a First Class Ships Cook on the USS Tangier (AV-8). He is a plank owner of the Tangier and provides details of starting up the crew when it was first commissioned. His battle station was the .50 caliber gun on the forward mount. He discusses the training on the ship and activities prior to and on 7 December 1941. On the day of the attack, Quackenbush helped pull sa… more
Date: October 10, 1999
Creator: Quackenbush, Al
Partner: National Museum of the Pacific War/Admiral Nimitz Foundation

Oral History Interview with A. W. McCasker

Description: The National Museum of the Pacific War presents an oral interview with A. W. McCasker. McCasker joined the Royal Australian Navy and at the end of 1942 was stationed on Guadalcanal. He took a small party behind enemy lines to Lord Howe Island on a reconnaissance mission, accompanied by two American soldiers and a Javanese guide. There he was greeted by a Polynesian king who held a formal ceremony declaring war on the Japanese. McCasker brought along a radio that could reach several hundred mile… more
Date: November 20, 2014
Creator: McCasker, A. W.
Partner: National Museum of the Pacific War/Admiral Nimitz Foundation
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Oral History Interview with A. W. McCasker

Description: The National Museum of the Pacific War presents an oral interview with A W McCasker. McCasker joined the Royal Australian Navy and at the end of 1942 was stationed on Guadalcanal. He took a small party behind enemy lines to Lord Howe Island on a reconnaissance mission, accompanied by two American soldiers and a Javanese guide. There he was greeted by a Polynesian king who held a formal ceremony declaring war on the Japanese. McCasker brought along a radio that could reach several hundred miles;… more
Date: unknown
Duration: 24 minutes 22 seconds
Creator: McCasker, A. W.
Partner: National Museum of the Pacific War/Admiral Nimitz Foundation

Oral History Interview with Acencion Fernandez, February 19, 2005

Description: The National Museum of the Pacific War presents an oral interview with Acencion Fernandez. Fernandez, a Texas farm boy born in 1924, was drafted when he was 18 years old. He was based in Honolulu, Hawaii. He was assigned to the USS LCI-80 where he served as a loader on a 40-inch gun. At the Mariana Islands of Saipan and Tinian and at Iwo Jima, he was involved in strafing the beaches to enable Marines to land. Later his LCI landed Marines on Okinawa. He briefly mentions the presence of Navajo co… more
Date: February 19, 2005
Creator: Fernandez, Acencion
Partner: National Museum of the Pacific War/Admiral Nimitz Foundation
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Oral History Interview with Acencion Fernandez, February 19, 2005

Description: The National Museum of the Pacific War presents an oral interview with Acencion Fernandez. Fernandez, a Texas farm boy born in 1924, was drafted when he was 18 years old. He was based in Honolulu, Hawaii. He was assigned to the USS LCI-80 where he served as a loader on a 40-inch gun. At the Mariana Islands of Saipan and Tinian and at Iwo Jima, he was involved in strafing the beaches to enable Marines to land. Later his LCI landed Marines on Okinawa. He briefly mentions the presence of Navajo co… more
Date: February 19, 2005
Duration: 24 minutes 07 seconds
Creator: Fernandez, Acencion
Partner: National Museum of the Pacific War/Admiral Nimitz Foundation

Oral History Interview with Al Jowdy, September 21, 2008

Description: The National Museum of the Pacific War presents an oral interview with Al Jowdy. Jowdy enlisted in the Navy in July 1942 at the age of 15, with his parents’ consent. His first assignment was pulling bodies out of sunken ships in Pearl Harbor. At Guadalcanal, his ship was torpedoed. Due to the presence of enemy subs, he could not be rescued initially and spent two weeks floating in a raft. Then he joined a rescue effort to aid the USS Wasp (CV-7), only to be torpedoed again, spending another fou… more
Date: September 21, 2008
Creator: Jowdy, Al
Partner: National Museum of the Pacific War/Admiral Nimitz Foundation
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Oral History Interview with Al Jowdy, September 21, 2008

Description: The National Museum of the Pacific War presents an oral interview with Al Jowdy. Jowdy enlisted in the Navy in July 1942 at the age of 15, with his parents’ consent. His first assignment was pulling bodies out of sunken ships in Pearl Harbor. At Guadalcanal, his ship was torpedoed. Due to the presence of enemy subs, he could not be rescued initially and spent two weeks floating in a raft. Then he joined a rescue effort to aid the USS Wasp (CV-7), only to be torpedoed again, spending another fou… more
Date: September 21, 2008
Duration: 1 hour 6 minutes 31 seconds
Creator: Jowdy, Al
Partner: National Museum of the Pacific War/Admiral Nimitz Foundation
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Oral History Interview with Albert Day, February 23, 2004

Description: The National Museum of the Pacific War presents an oral interview with Albert Day. Day was born in Olney, Texas 23 September 1921 and graduated from high school in Vivian, Louisiana in 1942. Upon joining the Navy 4 June 1942, he was sent to The Great Lakes Naval Training Station for boot training. Afterwards, Day was assigned to the Amphibious Forces at Solomons, Maryland for training where he learned navigation and signal communications. Completing the course in October 1942 he went to Redwood… more
Date: February 23, 2004
Duration: 1 hour 34 minutes 34 seconds
Creator: Day, Albert
Partner: National Museum of the Pacific War/Admiral Nimitz Foundation

Oral History Interview with Albert Day, February 23, 2004

Description: The National Museum of the Pacific War presents an oral interview with Albert Day. Day was born in Olney, Texas 23 September 1921 and graduated from high school in Vivian, Louisiana in 1942. Upon joining the Navy 4 June 1942, he was sent to The Great Lakes Naval Training Station for boot training. Afterwards, Day was assigned to the Amphibious Forces at Solomons, Maryland for training where he learned navigation and signal communications. Completing the course in October 1942 he went to Redwood… more
Date: February 23, 2004
Creator: Day, Albert
Partner: National Museum of the Pacific War/Admiral Nimitz Foundation
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Oral History Interview with Albert Brown, March 2, 2010

Description: The National Museum of the Pacific War presents an interview with Albert Brown. Brown joined the Navy and served as a Radarman with amphibious forces at Guadalcanal for one year. In 1942, Brown worked aboard submarines as a specialist in surface attacks using radar. Admiral Chester Nimitz appointed him the officer in charge to create the Pacific Fleet Radar School for Senior Officers, and to instruct them in radar techniques. Brown completed this work through late 1945. He continued his service… more
Date: March 2, 2010
Duration: 1 hour 48 minutes 31 seconds
Creator: Brown, Albert
Partner: National Museum of the Pacific War/Admiral Nimitz Foundation

Oral History Interview with Albert Brown, March 2, 2010

Description: The National Museum of the Pacific War presents an interview with Albert Brown. Brown joined the Navy and served as a Radarman with amphibious forces at Guadalcanal for one year. In 1942, Brown worked aboard submarines as a specialist in surface attacks using radar. Admiral Chester Nimitz appointed him the officer in charge to create the Pacific Fleet Radar School for Senior Officers, and to instruct them in radar techniques. Brown completed this work through late 1945. He continued his service… more
Date: March 2, 2010
Creator: Brown, Albert
Partner: National Museum of the Pacific War/Admiral Nimitz Foundation

[Photograph of Chuck Allen and George Walker]

Description: Photograph of Chuck Allen and George Walker standing outdoors in front of a military tent. Both men are wearing military uniforms. There are tall trees in behind the tent. Handwritten text on the back reads, "George Walker & me on Guadalcanal circa late '43 or early '44. He was a B24 Nose Gunner flying over of Carney Field. He is/was a chiropractor in Arlington. May still be around. If you find him, let me know, I would like to visit him."
Date: 1943
Partner: Arlington Historical Society’s Fielder House Museum

Oral History Interview with Malone Farrar

Description: The National Museum of the Pacific War presents an oral interview with Malone Farrar. Farrar grew up in Texas and joined the Navy in 1940. In training, he was assigned to VP-12, a PBY-3 Catalina Squadron. Then he was transferred VP-13 Squadron. Next, he was transferred to VP-55, a PBM1 Mariner Squadron and sent to flight engineering school. After the Pearl Harbor attack, he was assigned to ACORN-8. Farrar then joined with the 73rd CB Battalion. He was a mechanic. They loaded the USS President P… more
Date: unknown
Creator: Farrar, Malone
Partner: National Museum of the Pacific War/Admiral Nimitz Foundation

Oral History Interview with Harold Buell, September 30, 2000

Description: The National Museum of the Pacific War presents an oral interview with Harold Buell. While attending college in Iowa, Buell took advantage of the Civilian Pilot Training program and earned a pilot's license in 1940. He volunteered for the Navy and went to flight school at Pensacola, Florida, where he earned his wings and a commission in November, 1941. He was assigned to go aboard the USS Yorktown (CV-5) as a member of Scouting Squadron 5 (VS-5) and arrived in time for the Battle of the Coral S… more
Date: September 30, 2000
Creator: Buell, Harold
Partner: National Museum of the Pacific War/Admiral Nimitz Foundation

Oral History Interview with Trenton Fowler, January 17, 2001

Description: The National Museum of the Pacific War presents an oral interview with Trenton Fowler. Fowler grew up in Corpus Christi and enlisted into the Marine Corps in 1943. Once he finished training, he was assigned to the 4th Marine Raider Battalion and shipped out on the French transport ship Rochambeau to New Caledonia. From there he went to Guadalcanal for training and then to the Emirau, Guam, and Okinawa campaigns, with stops at Guadalcanal in between each campaign. Fowler discusses the pros and c… more
Date: January 17, 2001
Creator: Fowler, Trenton
Partner: National Museum of the Pacific War/Admiral Nimitz Foundation

Oral History Interview with James T. Murphy, October 1, 2000

Description: The National Museum of the Pacific War presents an oral interview with James T. Murphy. Murphy grew up in Montana and joined the Army Air Corps in May 1941. Once he finished training, he was assigned to the 43rd Bomb Group, 63rd Bomb Squadron. He then went to reconnaissance for the Battle of Midway. He then rejoined the Pacific Theater and pacticipated in skip bombing and flying B17s. He tells the story of receiving his Silver Star from General Douglas MacArthur. He mentions returning to the Ai… more
Date: October 1, 2000
Creator: Murphy, James T.
Partner: National Museum of the Pacific War/Admiral Nimitz Foundation

Oral History Interview with William C. Beyer, March 14, 2001

Description: The National Museum of the Pacific War presents an oral interview with William C. Beyer. Beyer grew up in Texas and joined the Marines in January 1942. After training, he was assigned to the third division in artillery. He departed on the USS Mount Vernon for New Zealand. He anecdotes about meeting with some Maori people. Then he departed on the Cresent City for Guadalcanal in May 1943. From Guadalcanal he left for Bougainville in November 1943. He describes being caught in a foxhole for two da… more
Date: March 14, 2001
Creator: Beyer, William C.
Partner: National Museum of the Pacific War/Admiral Nimitz Foundation
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