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[Envelope Addressed to Cecelia McKie, May 10, 1943]

Description: Envelope addressed to Mrs. William L. McKie, Sacramento, California from Mrs. Leslie D. Ames (Mary C. Ames), Camden, Maine.
Date: May 10, 1943
Creator: Ames, Mary C.
Partner: National Museum of the Pacific War/Admiral Nimitz Foundation

Oral History Interview with Michael Kuryla, August 10, 2007

Description: The National Museum of the Pacific War presents an oral interview with Michael Kuryla. Kuryla was born in Chicago, Illinois on 10 September 1925 into a family of eight children. He describes his family’s living conditions during the Depression. Joining the US Navy in 1942, he underwent boot training at Great Lakes Naval Training Station, Illinois. Following boot camp, he was assigned to the USS Indianapolis (CA-35) as the fire director of a five-inch gun. He explains the job of the gun director… more
Date: August 10, 2007
Creator: Kuryla, Michael W.
Partner: National Museum of the Pacific War/Admiral Nimitz Foundation

Oral History Interview with Joel D. Alderson, April 10, 2007

Description: Transcript of an oral interview with Joel Alderson and his wife Nila. He discusses going to boot camp in Texas, shipping off to France in early 1945 and working as an engineer, constructing bridges and demolishing German fortifications for the Army as it made it's way through Germany, blowing up Hilter's bunker in Salzburg, Austria and using bulldozers to cover piles of dead Jews the Germans left in the open (likely at Dachau). He ancedotes about meeting Eisenhower, carrying fuel up to Patton's… more
Date: April 10, 2007
Creator: Alderson, Joel D.
Partner: National Museum of the Pacific War/Admiral Nimitz Foundation

Oral History Interview with James Knight, November 10, 2018

Description: The National Museum of the Pacific War presents an interview with James O., Cotton, Knight. Knight joined the Army in July of 1943. He served as Technician Fourth-Class with the 3197th Engineer Pipeline Detachment, Combat Engineers. They were deployed to New Caledonia, Guadalcanal, operating a tank farm that pumped gasoline for military planes and vehicles. He then served on Emirau Island for 13 months, where their job was to cut the supply line of the Japanese base located 80 miles from their … more
Date: November 10, 2018
Creator: Knight, James
Partner: National Museum of the Pacific War/Admiral Nimitz Foundation

Oral History Interview with William Crook, August 10, 2018

Description: The National Museum of the Pacific War presents an interview with William Crook. Upon enlisting into the US Navy in 1944, Crook went to the Great Lakes Naval Training Station for boot camp. Crook then attended a basic engineering course. Following this, he received training in large propulsion engines. He was on board a troop ship bound for the Philippines when the atomic bomb was dropped. Upon his arrival at Leyte, he was assigned to USS LSM-294. He recalls an incident on the high seas that re… more
Date: August 10, 2018
Creator: Crook, William
Partner: National Museum of the Pacific War/Admiral Nimitz Foundation

Oral History Interview with C. James Erickson, August 10, 2018

Description: The National Museum of the Pacific War presents an interview with C James Erickson. Erickson enrolled in the Army Specialized Training Program in January of 1944. He completed radio training. Erickson was assigned to Company C, 1st Battalion, 343rd Regiment, 86th Infantry Division. They completed additional amphibious training in California. His training was complete in the fall of 1944. Soon thereafter his company was sent to Europe to participate in the Battle of the Bulge. They traveled into… more
Date: August 10, 2018
Creator: Erickson, C. James
Partner: National Museum of the Pacific War/Admiral Nimitz Foundation

Oral History Interview with Ellison Smith, August 10, 2018

Description: The National Museum of the Pacific War presents an interview with Ellison Smith. Smith joined the Navy in October of 1942. While stationed in Bermuda, he served as a PBY gunner, conducting search and rescue missions. Smith continued his service after the war ended, receiving his discharge in 1946.
Date: August 10, 2018
Creator: Smith, Ellison
Partner: National Museum of the Pacific War/Admiral Nimitz Foundation

Oral History Interview with Ben Schurmeier, April 10, 2018

Description: The National Museum of the Pacific War presents an interview with Ben Schurmeier. Schurmeier joined the Navy in early 1942. He served as a B-24 pilot with Photographic Squadron 1 (VD-1). Beginning in the spring of 1944 they traveled to their base at the Naval Air Station on Guam. They completed patrol and photo reconnaissance missions around the Pacific Islands, including Truk, Okinawa, Iwo Jima and Japan. Finley was discharged around October of 1945.
Date: April 10, 2018
Creator: Schurmeier, Ben
Partner: National Museum of the Pacific War/Admiral Nimitz Foundation

Oral History Interview with Edward Hasty, April 10, 2018

Description: The National Museum of the Pacific War presents an interview with Edward Hasty. Hasty joined the Navy in November of 1943. He completed Firefighting School, and served aboard the USS Antietam (CV-36) beginning January of 1945. They conducted training in the Hawaiian Islands through mid-August, then served with occupation forces in Tokyo, Japan. Hasty returned to the US and received his discharge in early 1946.
Date: April 10, 2018
Creator: Hasty, Edward
Partner: National Museum of the Pacific War/Admiral Nimitz Foundation

Oral History Interview with Hartzell, Sherrill, January 10, 2018

Description: The National Museum of the pacific War presents an interview with Hartzell Sherrill. Sherrill joined the Navy in December of 1941 and trained in San Diego before going to communications school. He was then sent aboard the SS Hadnot (1919) with the Navy Armed Guard personnel. Sherrill delivered fuel oil to North Africa, India, Australia and other points in the Pacific. He recalls hauling ammunition to Saipan, watching the invasion of Normandy and dodging typhoons at Okinawa. He also served aboar… more
Date: January 10, 2018
Creator: Sherrill, Hartzell
Partner: National Museum of the Pacific War/Admiral Nimitz Foundation

Oral History Interview with John Officer, November 10, 2017

Description: The National Museum of the Pacific War presents an interview with John Officer. Officer joined the Navy in May of 1944. He completed radar school in Point Loma, California. In April of 1945 he went to the New Hebrides Islands, and served aboard a transport ship as a radar operator. He then traveled to Auckland, New Zealand where he went aboard the submarine chaser USS PC-588. His crew traveled around New Caledonia, Guadalcanal, Tulagi and the Marshall Islands looking for submarines. He describe… more
Date: November 10, 2017
Creator: Officer, John
Partner: National Museum of the Pacific War/Admiral Nimitz Foundation

Oral History Interview with Albert Jenkins, October 10, 2017

Description: The National Museum of the Pacific War presents an interview with Albert Jenkins. Jenkins joined the Army in early 1942 and was mistakenly sent to Australia before he completed basic training. Once there, he was attached to the 35th Fighter Group as an armorer. Jenkins shares several anecdotes about his time in the service in Australia, New Guinea and the Philippines. Jenkins returned to the US and became an instructor before the war ended. He was discharged in January 1945.
Date: October 10, 2017
Creator: Jenkins, Albert
Partner: National Museum of the Pacific War/Admiral Nimitz Foundation

Oral History Interview with Enrique Moncada, August 10, 2017

Description: The National Museum of the Pacific War presents an interview with Enrique Moncada. Moncada joined the Navy in October of 1944. He served aboard the USS Forrest (DMS-24) minesweeper beginning in December of 1944. He performed regular seaman duties and served as gunner on the 40mm gun. They traveled to Okinawa. They did patrol work, screening with small minesweepers and performed local escort missions. Their ship and crew suffered one kamikaze attack. He provides detail of their endeavors to save… more
Date: August 10, 2017
Creator: Moncada, Enrique
Partner: National Museum of the Pacific War/Admiral Nimitz Foundation

Oral History Interview with Benjamin Nicks, February 10, 2017

Description: The National Museum of the Pacific War presents an oral interview with Benjamin Nicks. Nicks enlisted in the Army Air Forces in January of 1941. He received his wings in April of 1942. Nicks was in the 120th Observation Squadron in the 130th Field Artillery Squadron. He flew border patrol missions for a year between Mexico and the United States. He was assigned to Mountain Home Air Base, Idaho to serve as a B-25 instructor until the spring of 1944. He was then transferred in May of 1944 in McCo… more
Date: February 10, 2017
Creator: Nicks, Benjamin
Partner: National Museum of the Pacific War/Admiral Nimitz Foundation

Oral History Interview with Felix Burrus, April 10, 2016

Description: The National Museum of the Pacific War presents an interview with Felix Burrus. Burrus joined the Army Air Forces in August of 1944. He completed Airplane Mechanics School, and served as a B-29 mechanic with the 5th Bomb Group, 313th Bomb Wing. In early 1945, Burrus was assigned to Clark Field in the Philippines, where he worked through the end of the war. He received his discharge in November of 1946.
Date: April 10, 2016
Creator: Burrus, Felix
Partner: National Museum of the Pacific War/Admiral Nimitz Foundation

Oral History Interview with Richard Hall, February 10, 2016

Description: The National Museum of the Pacific War presents an oral interview with Richard Hall. Hall joined the Navy in June, 1943, having passed tests to be eligible for the V-12 program. Once in, he elected to try for flight training and passed those tests. He began flight training in January, 1944, earning his commission and wings in April, 1946. He discusses aspects of his flight training, including qualifying for carriers. One of his first assignments was ferrying aircraft from various places to Norf… more
Date: February 10, 2016
Creator: Hall, Richard
Partner: National Museum of the Pacific War/Admiral Nimitz Foundation

Oral History Interview with Huie Lamb, January 10, 2016

Description: The National Museum of the Pacific War presents an interview with Huie H. Lamb, Jr. Lamb joined the Army Air Forces in February of 1943. He graduated from flight school in February of 1944, and served as a pilot with the 82nd Fighter Squadron, 78th Fighter Group, 8th Air Force. He was deployed to England. On his first mission he flew his P-51, nicknamed Etta Jeanne, and had mechanical problems causing him to ditch the plane in the North Sea. He was picked up by Air Sea Rescue from Martlesham He… more
Date: January 10, 2016
Creator: Lamb, Huie
Partner: National Museum of the Pacific War/Admiral Nimitz Foundation

Oral History Interview with Charles Meacham, October 10, 2015

Description: The National Museum of the Pacific War presents an interview with Charles Meacham. Meacham was born in Roanoke County, California in 1925. At the age of 17, he dropped out of high school and joined the Marine Corps. Upon completion of boot camp, he volunteered for the Marine Raiders. In 1943, Meacham was assigned to Company K, 3rd Marine Raider Battalion. He tells of serving in combat on Bougainville, Guam and Okinawa and the use of Navajo Code Talkers and war dogs during various operations. He… more
Date: October 10, 2015
Creator: Meacham, Charles
Partner: National Museum of the Pacific War/Admiral Nimitz Foundation

Oral History Interview with Yvonne Goodier Charles, November 10, 2015

Description: The National Museum of the Pacific War presents an interview with Yvonne Goodier Charles. Charles was born 10 September 1926 in Silver City, New Mexico. In November of 1933, her father was offered a mining job in Manila, Philippines and their family moved. In early 1942, after the outbreak of WWII, Charles and her family were imprisoned by Japanese forces in Santo Tomas Internment Camp, where they remained until their liberation in early 1945. Charles shares intimate details of their experience… more
Date: November 10, 2015
Creator: Charles, Yvonne Goodier
Partner: National Museum of the Pacific War/Admiral Nimitz Foundation

Oral History Interview with Elizabeth Irvine, November 10, 2015

Description: The National Museum of the Pacific War presents an interview with Elizabeth L. (Liz) Irvine. Irvine was born 5 July 1927 in Baguio, Philippine Islands, where her parents were teachers. They lived most of the time in Manila, until the outbreak of WWII, at which time they were imprisoned in 1942 by Japanese forces in Santo Tomas Internment Camp for the next three years, until liberation in early 1945. After the war ended in 1945, she and her parents moved to the United States. Liz shares intimate… more
Date: November 10, 2015
Creator: Irvine, Elizabeth
Partner: National Museum of the Pacific War/Admiral Nimitz Foundation

Oral History Interview with Clifford Kantz, November 10, 2015

Description: The National Museum of the Pacific War presents an oral interview with Clifford Kantz. Mrs. Marion Kantz assists with the interview. Kantz entered the US Army Air Forces October 1941. He received training at Sheppard Field, Texas and served as a flight officer flying B-24s. He went on to Fort Benning and served as a C-47 pilot. Kantz became an aircraft commander in the 100th Troop Carrier Squadron, towing and dropping gliders and paratroopers. They were stationed in Nottingham, England. When th… more
Date: November 10, 2015
Creator: Kantz, Clifford
Partner: National Museum of the Pacific War/Admiral Nimitz Foundation

Oral History Interview with Neil McBride, July 10, 2015

Description: The National Museum of the Pacific War presents an oral interview with Neil McBride. McBride was born in Crossingville, Pennsylvania on 20 November 1920. Graduating from high school in 1938, he attended the University of Oklahoma for two years before joining the Navy. After completing five weeks of boot training at Great Lakes Naval Training Station, Illinois he was sent to Pier 92 in New York City where he remained until the USS PC-470 was launched in June 1942. Following the shakedown cruise,… more
Date: July 10, 2015
Creator: McBride, Neil
Partner: National Museum of the Pacific War/Admiral Nimitz Foundation

Oral History Interview with Everett Campbell, June 10, 2015

Description: The National Museum of the Pacific War presents an interview with Everett Campbell. Campbell joined the Navy around 1942. By 1943 he had completed flight school and received his wings. He served in the Pacific theater as a fighter pilot aboard the USS Kadashan Bay (CVE-76). In July of 1944 they traveled to Pearl Harbor to join a carrier division. They participated in the Battle of Peleliu in September and the Battle of Leyte Gulf in October. They returned to the US in April of 1945 and Campbell… more
Date: June 10, 2015
Creator: Campbell, Everett
Partner: National Museum of the Pacific War/Admiral Nimitz Foundation

Oral History Interview with Bill Dean, April 10, 2015

Description: The National Museum of the Pacific War presents an oral interview with Bill Dean. Dean was born in Sapulpa, Oklahoma on 7 September 1924 and graduated from high school in 1942. Upon being drafted in 1943, he was sent to Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri for thirteen weeks of basic training. While there he was selected to attend the Army Specialized Training Program at Colorado State College at Fort Collins. Soon after he entered the program, it was discontinued and he joined the 80th Infantry Divisio… more
Date: April 10, 2015
Creator: Dean, Bill
Partner: National Museum of the Pacific War/Admiral Nimitz Foundation
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