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Interview with William A. Allen, April 8, 2003

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

 

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00:00:03 - Entrance into the service

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Segment Synopsis: Talks about where he went to school and joining the Navy.

Keywords: Great Lakes; Henry County; Kroger; Navy; Oldham County; Pearl Harbor; enlisted

Subjects: Enlisted man.; Great Lakes (North America); Henry County (Ky.); Kroger Grocery & Baking Company.; Oldham County (Ky.); Pearl Harbor (Hawaii), Attack on, 1941.; United States. Navy.

00:03:18 - Overseas deployment

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Segment Synopsis: Talks about traveling overseas on an LCI and spending time in Bermuda.

Keywords: Bermuda; North Africa; landing craft infantry; liberty; morse code; radio operator; radio school

Subjects: Bermuda islands.; Landing craft.; Military leaves and furloughs.; Morse code.; Radio operators--United States.

00:08:02 - Experiencing combat

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Segment Synopsis: Talks about being part of several invasions and doing some sight seeing.

Keywords: Anzio, Italy; Catacombs; Mediterranean; North Africa; Pompeii; Rome, Italy; Salerno, Italy; Sicily, Italy; Vatican City; air raids; anchor; submarine

Subjects: Africa, North.; Anchor.; Anzio (Italy); Bombing, Aerial.; Catacombs Italy.; Mediterranean Sea.; Pompeii (Extinct city); Rome (Italy); Salerno (Italy); Sicily (Italy); Submarines (Ships)--Germany.; Vatican City.

00:13:05 - LIfe in the field/aboard ship

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Segment Synopsis: Talks about what it was like living on board the ships.

Keywords: LCI 18; Panama Canal; Pearl Harbor; WAC; Yokahama, Japan; atomic bomb; flagship; v-mail

Subjects: Atomic bomb.; Panama Canal.; Pearl Harbor (Hawaii), Attack on, 1941.; United States. Army. Women's Army Corps.; V-mail.; Yokohama-shi (Japan)

00:18:20 - Japan / Weather and illnesses

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Segment Synopsis: Talks about being in Japan and experiencing typhoons and sea sickness.

Keywords: atomic bomb; prisoners of war; sea sickness; typhoon

Subjects: Atomic bomb.; Motion sickness.; Prisoners of war.; Typhoons.

00:22:04 - Returning home

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Segment Synopsis: Talks about returning home to Kentucky.

Keywords: Great Lakes; Kentucky; United States; discharge; hospital ship; rations; shortages

Subjects: Great Lakes (North America); Hospital ships.; Kentucky.; Military discharge.; Scarcity.; United States.

00:24:17 - Reflections

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Segment Synopsis: Talks about the Japanese surrendering, getting married, and receiving his war medals 47 years later.

Keywords: Hawaii; Mitch McConnell; VJ-Day; medals

Subjects: Hawaii.; McConnell, Mitch.; Military decorations.; V-J Day, 1945.