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William James Ruhe Oral History Interview, May 20, 1975

Oral History #OH0022

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Title: William James Ruhe Oral History Interview
Creators: Lennon, Donald R.
Ruhe, William James
Repository: ECU Manuscript Collection
Languages: English
Extent: 0.0050 Cubic feet, 1 audiocasette, 1.5 hour, 29 pages.

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Preferred Citation

William James Ruhe Oral History Interview (#OH0022), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.

Acquisition Information

  • Gift of William James Ruhe

Processing Information

  • Processed by D. Beard, April 1985

  • Encoded by Apex Data Services


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William James Ruhe, a retired Navy captain of McLean, Va., was graduated from the U. S. Naval Academy (June 1939). He was assigned to the cruiser U.S.S. TRENTON (June 1939-August 1940), during which time he visited several countries, including extended stays in Portugal and France while assigned to Squadron 40T in the Mediterranean. Ruhe then transferred to the submarine service (1941) and throughout World War II operated out of Australia to fight the Japanese in the South Pacific. He left the submarine service in 1950 and between that year and 1967, when he retired from active duty, divided his time between commanding cruisers and administrative work in Washington, D. C.

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Ruhe discusses his experiences with Squadron 40T in pre-World War II duty in the Mediterranean and relates anecdotes about fellow officers and people he met while in Europe. Topics discussed include reactions of the local populace to U.S naval personnel in port cities after extended stays, meeting an English spy in Portugal (1940), attempts to obtain information about U. S. naval security and activities, and sailors' shipboard antics.

Among post-war problems described are disputes between naval officers and civilian administrators over manpower requirements, capabilities of current naval officers, and their lack of wartime experience.

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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