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Edward C. Svendsen Oral History Interview, May 12, 1989, June 23, 1993

Oral History #OH0113

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Title: Edward C. Svendsen Oral History Interview
Creators: Lennon, Donald R.
Svendsen, Edward C.
Repository: ECU Manuscript Collection
Languages: English
Extent: 0.01 Cubic feet, 2 audiotapes, 3 hours, 65 pages .

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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

Edward C. Svendsen Oral History Interview (#OH0113), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.

Acquisition Information

  • Gift of Edward C. Svendsen

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  • Encoded by Apex Data Services

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Captain Svendsen recounts his background in Minneapolis, Minnesota, his education at the U.S. Naval Academy, and his experiences in the USS MISSISSIPPI during World War II. Of particular interest are commentaries on academic and social life at the Academy, training at Bowdoin College as part of the first radar school, duty in the South Pacific at Tarawa in the Gilbert campaign and at Kwajalein, and service in the Aleutian Islands. Capt. Svendsen describes the early use of radar and its development for use on warships.

In his second session, Captain Svendsen continued to relate his experiences in computer and radar design for the Navy. Among the topics discussed are the PG School at the U.S. Naval Academy, work at the U.S. Naval Computer Machine Lab, duties at the San Francisco Naval Shipyard, assignment to the Design Division of the Bureau of Ships, and work on the Naval tactical data system. He also comments on Project Sea Hawk and hydrofoil development by the Bureau of Ships.

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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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