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John L. Landreth Oral History Interview, March 30, 1990

Oral History #OH0119

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Title: John L. Landreth Oral History Interview
Creators: Landreth, John L.
Lennon, Donald R.
Repository: ECU Manuscript Collection
Languages: English
Extent: 0.01 Cubic feet, 2 audiotapes, 2.25 hours, 48 pages .

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General note

1941-1944

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

John L. Landreth Oral History Interview (#OH0119), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.

Acquisition Information

  • Gift of John L. Landreth

Processing Information

  • Encoded by Apex Data Services


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Lt. Commander Landreth, a member of the USNA Class of 1941, served in the NEVADA, the ALABAMA, the BORUM, and the SARATOGA during World War II. He resigned his Navy commission in 1948.

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During the first interview session Mr. Landreth discusses his youth in Whittier, California, and his involvement in acting and wrestling as a teenager. He describes his experiences at the U.S. Naval Academy as a wrestler and as editor of the Lucky Bag. He covers his assignment to the USS NEVADA in the spring of 1941 and his involvement in the ships fate during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. World War II experiences described include the repair of the NEVADA, the construction of the USS ALABAMA, task force duty in the North Atlantic, search duty for German capital ships, assignment to the USS BORUM, and destroyer escort duty in the Atlantic prior to the Normandy invasion.

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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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