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Charles J. Merdinger Oral History Interview, March 31, 1990

(Oral History #OH0121)

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Title: Charles J. Merdinger Oral History Interview
Creators: Lennon, Donald R.
Merdinger, Charles J.
Repository: ECU Manuscript Collection
Languages: English
Extent: 0.01 Cubic feet, 2 audiotapes, 2 hours, 55 pages .

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General note

1941

1968-1990

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

Charles J. Merdinger Oral History Interview (#OH0121), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.

Acquisition Information

  • Gift of Charles J. Merdinger

Processing Information

  • Encoded by Apex Data Services


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Captain Merdinger, an engineer and a Rhodes Scholar, received his Ph. D. from Oxford University while still an active duty Naval officer. Since he has participated in an oral memoir for the Naval History Institute, this memoir concentrates on the period since his retirement in 1968.

Dr. Merdinger comments on his return from Vietnam in 1968 and his retirement from active duty, More detailed descriptions are included for his presidency of Washington College (1970-1973); work with the Aspen Institute, Scripps Institute of Oceanography, and Avco International; and his chairmanship of the board of trustees of Sierra Nevada College.

For his active duty Naval career, he discusses experiences with public works in Vietnam and conditions on the USS NEVADA during and after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.

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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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