Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History

Interview with Ruth L. Lewis Murray, April 30, 2002

Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries

 

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00:00:29 - Introduction

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Segment Synopsis: Murray talks about growing up in Crestwood, KY and joining the American Red Cross.

Keywords: American Red Cross; Crestwood, Ky; San Francisco State University; Shelby County; Syracuse University; Transylvania University

Subjects: American Red Cross.; Crestwood (Oldham County, Ky.); San Francisco State University.; Shelby County (Ky.); Syracuse University.; Transylvania University.

00:02:59 - Training

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Segment Synopsis: Murray talks about applying to the American Red Cross and the training she received in Washington, D.C.

Keywords: Air Force Base; Calcutta, India; Jacquelyn Cochran; Quakers; Washington, D.C.; Women's Air Ferrying Command; Women's Coast Guard; Women's Waves

Subjects: Calcutta (India); United States. Naval Reserve. Women's Reserve.; Washington (D.C.)

00:08:20 - Overseas deployment

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Segment Synopsis: Murray talks about her overseas deployment on a troop ship. She discusses what the food was like and what she did for entertainment on board.

Keywords: 305th Air Service Command; Bombay, India; Calcutta; Camp Anza (California); China/Burma/India Theatre of War; First Air Commando Base; Melbourne, Australia; Ondal, India; Pacific Ocean

Subjects: Bombay (India); Camp Anza (Calif.); Pacific Ocean.; Sino-American Cooperative Organization.

00:15:34 - Duties on the Air Force base

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Segment Synopsis: Murray talks about her duties and other activities on the Air Force base in Calcutta, India.

Keywords: China-Burma-India Veterans Association; Christmas; Club 690; Dum Dum Airport; game night; ping pong; the pipeline

Subjects: China-Burma-India Veterans Association.; Christmas.; Table tennis.

00:21:53 - Mail

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Segment Synopsis: Murray talks about sending and receiving mail while on the base. Talks about having an Indian bearer and having dresses made by an Indian dressmaker for dances that were held on the base.

Keywords: Anglo-Indian women; Indian Women; VE mail; derzey; humid; military police; packages

Subjects: Humidity.; Indian women.; Military police.; V-mail.; Women, Anglo-Indian.

00:28:38 - Illnesses

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Segment Synopsis: Murray talks about getting sick in Calcutta, India and Merrill's Marauders.

Keywords: B-24; Dengue fever; General Stilwell; Merrill's Marauders; Seventh Bomb Group; dysentery; malaria; sickbay

Subjects: B-24 (Bomber); Dengue.; Dysentery.; Malaria.; Merrill, Frank (Frank Dow), 1903-1955.; Stilwell, Joseph Warren, 1883-1946.; United States. Army. Composite Unit (Provisional), 5307th.; United States. Army. Infantry Regiment, 475th.

00:33:27 - Returning home

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Segment Synopsis: Murray talks about leaving India and her trip back to the United States. Talks about celebrating Christmas on board the troop ship and returning home to Kentucky to see her family.

Keywords: Atlantic Ocean; Bataan Death March; California; Christmas; Crestwood, Kentucky; New Jersey; New York City; Red Sea; Statue of Liberty; Suez Canal; ex-prisoners of war; married; the Mediterranean

Subjects: Atlantic Ocean.; Bataan Death March, Philippines, 1942.; California.; Christmas.; Crestwood (Oldham County, Ky.)New Jersey.; Ex-prisoners of war.; Mediterranean Sea.; New York (N.Y.); Red Sea.; Statue of Liberty (New York, N.Y.); Suez Canal (Egypt)

00:41:36 - Reflections

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Segment Synopsis: Murray talks about traveling while in India and her thoughts on the bombing of Japan.

Keywords: Agra, India; Bay of Bengal; Bombing of Japan; Himalayan Mountains; India; Karakoram Range; Kashmir; Maharajas; Mahatma Gandhi; Nanga Parbat; Pakistan; Rawalpindi, Pakistan; Taj Mahal; big bomb dump; biological weapons; caste system; chemical bombs; famine; nuclear bombs

Subjects: Bengal, Bay of.; Biological weapons.; Famines.; Gandhi, Mahatma, 1869-1948.; Himalaya Mountains.; India.; Jammu and Kashmir (India); Karakoram Range.; Nanga Parbat (Pakistan); Pakistan.; Rawalpindi (Pakistan); Taj Mahal (Agra, India); Vallabhachars.