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Henry C. Lauerman Oral History Interview, December 14, 1972

(Oral History #OH0007)

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Title: Henry C. Lauerman Oral History Interview
Creators: Lauerman, Henry C.
Lennon, Donald R.
Repository: ECU Manuscript Collection
Languages: English
Extent: 0.0050 Cubic feet, 1 audiocasette, 1.5 hours, 33 pages.

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General note

1938-1962

Access Restrictions

No restrictions

Copyright Notice

Repository does not own copyright to the oral history collection. Permission to cite, reproduce, or broadcast must be obtained from both the repository and the participants in the oral history, or their heirs.

Preferred Citation

Henry C. Lauerman Oral History Interview (#OH0007), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.

Acquisition Information

  • Gift of Henry C. Lauerman

Processing Information

  • Processed by M. Elmore; C. Carter, March 1984

  • Encoded by Apex Data Services


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Captain Lauerman (USN, Ret.) was graduated from the Naval Academy in 1938, served on the gunboat U.S.S. ERIE in 1939 as part of the "Banana Squadron" in South America, and attended submarine school in 1941. He was a submarine officer in the Pacific during World War II. Subsequent duty included various submarine commands, tours in the office of the Secretary of Navy, and service with the Judge Advocate General.

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Lauerman describes service aboard the submarines U.S.S. TAMBOR (1941-1942), U.S.S. HALIBUT (1942-1943), U.S.S. SEALION (1943-1944), and U.S.S. CABRILLA (1944-1945) in the Pacific and the Aleutians during World War II. After the war, he served aboard U.S.S. ARGONAUT (1948-1950), a training submarine based at New London, Connecticut, and aboard U.S.S. MOUNT McKINLEY (1960-1962), an amphibious commandship. Lauerman discusses submarine warfare, unity of a ship's crew, and comparison of the World War II submarine with its modern counterpart.

Of particular interest in the interview are techniques used by submarines to find and destroy Japanese ships and to escape Japanese detection, encounters with Russian submarine crews at Dutch Harbor, an incident involving the U.S.S. ERIE in Ecuador's political affairs, the rescue of Australian P.O.W.s, "wolfpacking," and training techniques used in 1948-1950 involving marines being carried on board submarines.

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Online access to this finding aid is supported with funds created through the federal Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA). These funds come through a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services which is administered by the State Library of North Carolina, a division of the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources. This grant is part of the North Carolina ECHO, Exploring Cultural Heritage Online, Digitization Grant Program.

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