George C. "Jerry" Ball, Jr., oral history interview, February 5, 1994
Date: Feb. 05 1994 |
Captain Ball, a native of Arkansas, comments on his background and his experiences at the U.S. Naval Academy. He describes his assignment to the commissioning of the USS NORTH CAROLINA, appointment to submarine school, and submarine duty in the Atlantic and Pacific during World War II. For the postwar period he recounts his experiences with submarine service headquartered in Panama, New London, CT, the Mediterranean, and Key West as well as assignments to the Pentagon. A detailed description is provided of his service as commanding officer of the naval base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, including life at Guantanamo, relations with Cuba, Cuban refugees at the naval base, the coming of the Cuban Missile Crisis, and the evacuation of dependents from the base. Interviewer: Donald R. Lennon. more...