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Charles W. Rush, Jr., Oral History Interview, May 20, 1987, May 11, 1988

(Oral History #OH0086)

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Title: Charles W. Rush, Jr., Oral History Interview
Creators: Lennon, Donald R.
Rush, Charles W.
Repository: ECU Manuscript Collection
Languages: English
Extent: 0.01 Cubic feet, 2 audiocassettes, 3 hours, 54 pages .

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General note

1930s-1945

Access Restrictions

No access to collection by donor's instructions; fully restricted.

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

Charles W. Rush, Jr., Oral History Interview (#OH0086), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.

Acquisition Information

  • Gift of Charles W. Rush, Jr.

Processing Information

  • Encoded by Apex Data Services


Biographical / Historical Note Click here to collapse or expand the contents in this section of the finding aid

Capt. Rush, a member of the USNA Class of 1941, was a native of Alabama. During much of his career he was involved in submarine operations, including duty in the THRESHER, BILLFISH, CARBONERO, QUEENFISH, AND BLACKFISH. During assignment to the Office of Naval Operations he made recommendations that involved the polar passage of the USS NAUTILIS and he was also involved in the development of the Subroc Missile System.

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During his first interview, Capt. Rush recounts his early background and education and his experiences at the U.S. Naval Academy. Also included are details of his assignment to the Destroyer USS CLARK, its location at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, and its service in the South Pacific subsequent to the declaration of war. As a submarine officer during 1942, he describes patrols in the THRESHER.

In interview #2, Capt. Rush continues his account of submarine duty during World War II, including social activities in Australia, combat patrols in the Java Sea, and service aboard the BILLFISH.

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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