Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History

Interview with John W. Carrico, July 1, 2002

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

 

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00:00:54 - Enlisting in the Air Corp

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Segment Synopsis: Carrico talks about his feelings when he left home for the first time during the war. Talks about training to be a bombardier.

Keywords: 19th Troop Charter; 307th Bombardment Group; 345th Bomb Group; B-24; B-25; B-29; Bombardier; Fort Thomas, Kentucky; Hickman Field, Hawaii; Holy Name grade school; Louisville, Kentucky; Marianas; Nauru Island; Saint Xavier High School; Santa Ana, California; South Pacific; University of Kentucky; journalism; navigator

Subjects: B-24 (Bomber); B-29 (Bomber); Fort Thomas (Ky.); Journalism.; Louisville (Ky.); Mitchell (Bomber); Nauru.; St. Xavier High School; University of Kentucky.

00:09:17 - Pearl Harbor / Basic Training

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Segment Synopsis: Carrico talks about where he was when he heard about the bombing of Pearl Harbor and basic training.

Keywords: Date of Infamy speech; Pearl Harbor; Reveille with Beverly; UK

Subjects: Pearl Harbor (Hawaii), Attack on, 1941.; University of Kentucky.

00:14:51 - Dating in the service

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Segment Synopsis: Carrico talks about going on his first date with his now wife, Jean. He talks about what it was like dating in the service and about Jean being in the service.

Keywords: 345th Bomb Group; Bashim; Brisbane Camp Cable, Australia; Camp Aberdeen, Maryland; Darfur; Desert of Indio; George Patton's Armored Division; Guadalcanal Campaign; Hyde Park; Japanese; Nadzab; North Africa; Officer's Club; Owen Stanley Mountains; Saint Mary's Cathedral; Sydney, Australia; malaria

Subjects: Africa, North.; Markham River Valley (Papua New Guinea)

00:20:43 - Experiencing combat

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Segment Synopsis: Carrico talks about navigating on a mission and his experience with the 307 Bomb Group.

Keywords: 19th Troop Carrier; 307 Bomb Group; B-24; Battle of Midway; Hawaiian Airlines; LD30; Midway; Nadzab; Nauru; Rabaul; celestial navigation

Subjects: Hawaiian Airlines, Inc.; Midway, Battle of, 1942.; Nauru.; Rabaul (Papua New Guinea)

00:24:44 - Experience with death

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Segment Synopsis: Carrico talks about people he knew that died during combat.

Keywords: 82nd Airborne Division (United States); Battle of the Bulge; Italy; Kentucky Kernel; Normandy (France); North Africa; Truck; University of Kentucky

Subjects: Africa, North.; Ardennes, Battle of the, 1944-1945.; Italy.; Normandy (France); University of Kentucky.

00:26:09 - Discharged from the military

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Segment Synopsis: Carrico talks about being discharged and his wife leaving the service when she became pregnant.

Keywords: C54; East Indies; Guadalcanal; Miami Beach; New Guinea; Philippines

Subjects: East Indies.; Miami Beach (Fla.)Guadalcanal (Solomon Islands); New Guinea.; Philippines.

00:28:42 - Reflections

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Segment Synopsis: Carrico talks about his feelings toward War World II. Talks about humorous things that happened while he was in the service. Talks about attending reunions and keeping in contact with people that he served with.

Keywords: 345th Bomb Group Association; 55th Troop Carrier Association; Air Force; Halmahera (Indonesia); Hitler; Honolulu; Japan; Peleliu Island; Philippines; Sequoia Field; Tacloban; The Greatest Generation; Tom Brokaw; Wallace Island

Subjects: Brokaw, Tom.; Halmahera (Indonesia); Hitler, Adolf, 1889-1945.; Honolulu (Hawaii).; Japan.; Peleliu Island (Palau); Philippines.; Tacloban (Philippines); Wallace Island.

00:35:13 - Performance of equipment

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Segment Synopsis: Carrico talks about the planes he flew during the war.

Keywords: 499th Squadron; 5th Air Force insignia; A2 flight jacket; Air Apaches; B-24; B-25; C47; Dulag Airfield; Philippines; Tacloban

Subjects: Tacloban (Philippines)

00:40:32 - Food / Illness / Getting married

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Segment Synopsis: Carrico talks about eating bully beef, his wife contracting Dengue fever and getting married in Australia.

Keywords: Dengue fever; Fat Cat; Hyde Park; New Guinea; St. Mary's Cathedral; Steven Ambrose; Sydney, Australia; The Wild Blue; bully beef; mosquito nets

Subjects: Ambrose, Steven.; Dengue.; Mosquito nets.; New Guinea.; Sydney, Australia.

00:51:57 - Photographs

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Segment Synopsis: Carrico explains what is shown on the pictures and what his medals are for.

Keywords: 499th Bomb Squadron - Bats Out of Hell; B-25 Mitchell; Battle Stars; Distinguished Unit Citation; Philippine Liberation; Southwest Pacific Campaign; air medal