Interview with Roy E. Dennis, August 9, 2002

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


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00:00:05 - Military training and instruction

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Partial Transcript: This is August 9th, 2002.

Segment Synopsis: Talks about joining the Army Air Corps and all of the training he completed.

Keywords: Air Force; Army Air Corps; B-29; Fort Ogelthorpe; High Point, North Carolina; Lexington, Kentucky; Miami Beach; Newport, Tennessee; Pearl Harbor (Hawaii); air cadet; enlisted; gunnery training instructor

Subjects: Fort Oglethorpe (Ga.); Lexington (Ky.); Pearl Harbor, Attack on, 1941.; United States. Air Force.

00:05:19 - Overseas deployment

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Partial Transcript: I guess I left the gunnery training in Clovis, New Mexico.

Segment Synopsis: Talks about traveling overseas to Guam.

Keywords: Clovis, New Mexico; Guam; Quonset Hut

Subjects: Clovis (N.M.).Guam.; Quonset huts.

00:08:08 - Experiencing combat

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Partial Transcript: Our first mission was on Friday the 13th.

Segment Synopsis: Talks about the missions he went on while in Guam.

Keywords: B-17; B-24 Liberator; B-29; B-52; Guam; Japan; distinguished flying cross; silver star; tail gunner

Subjects: B-24 (Bomber); Distinguished Flying Cross (Medal); Guam.; Japan.

00:26:29 - Mail / Entertainment

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Partial Transcript: How often could you get mail from home.

Segment Synopsis: Talks about receiving mail and what he did for entertainment.

Keywords: books; cards; ice cream maker; mail; movies

Subjects: Mail.; Motion pictures.; Playing cards.

00:28:20 - Combat decisions

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Partial Transcript: Prior to a mission, did you sit in on the planning of the mission.

Segment Synopsis: Talks about stopping on Iwo Jima to refuel on his way back to Guam.

Keywords: Guam; Iwo Jima; Japan; Purple Heart

Subjects: Guam.; Iwo Jima (Volcano Islands, Japan); Japan.; Purple Heart.

00:32:36 - Life in the field

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Partial Transcript: Do you recall any other humorous events that happened while you were in the service.

Segment Synopsis: Talks about the atomic bomb being dropped.

Keywords: Battleship Missouri; Incendiary Bomb; atomic bomb; barracks; peace treaty

Subjects: Atomic bomb.; Barracks.; Incendiary bombs.; Missouri (Battleship : BB 63)

00:37:50 - Returning home

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Partial Transcript: Now when peace was signed, how long did you stay in Guam.

Segment Synopsis: Talks about waiting to be put on a ship to go home. Talks about the ship docking in San Diego and then taking a train to Fort Smith in Arkansas to be discharged.

Keywords: B-29; Fort Smith, Arkansas; San Diego, California; liberty ship

Subjects: B-29 (Bomber); Fort Smith (Ark.); Liberty ships.; San Diego (Calif.)

00:44:22 - Postwar life

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Partial Transcript: You mentioned you had received the distinguished flying cross.

Segment Synopsis: Talks about going to college and where he went to work.

Keywords: Air medal; Dallas, Texas; G.I. Bill; discharge; distinguished flying cross; good conduct medal

Subjects: Distinguished Flying Cross (Medal); United States. Montgomery G.I. Bill