Thomas G. Burley, Jr., oral history interview, February 6, 1995
Date: Feb. 06 1995 |
Captain Burley comments briefly on his background in Pennsylvania and his experiences at the U.S. Naval Academy. He discusses duty on the USS MARYLAND prior to and after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, commissioning of the USS IOWA and its tour to Argentia, passage of President Franklin D. Roosevelt aboard the IOWA to the Teheran Conference, task force duty in the Pacific, and assignment to the USS LAKE CHAMPLAIN. Postwar commentary reflects participation of the LAKE CHAMPLAIN in "Operation Magic Carpet" (transporting troops from the war zones); reactivating of the USS BLUE; duty in the USS LEONARD F. MASON during the Korean War, operating out of Japan in anti-submarine warfare; command of the USS BAUSELL; stateside assignments; the Tonkin Gulf incident; Cuban Missile Crisis; and command of the Brooklyn Navy Yard. Interviewer: Donald R. Lennon. more...