|Title:||Alan Ray Oral History Interview|
Lennon, Donald R.
|Repository:||ECU Manuscript Collection|
|Extent:||0.01 Cubic feet, 2 audiotape, 2 hours, 37 pages .|
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Alan Ray Oral History Interview (#OH0132), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.
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Captain Ray, a native of New York, comments on his background in an Army family and his experiences before and during his U.S. Naval Academy days. He describes duty in the USS LEXINGTON during 1941, encounters with the Japanese at New Guinea and Solomon Islands early in 1942, and the battle of the Coral Sea in May 1942. Included are details of the sinking of the LEXINGTON and the rescue of its crew. Other World War II topics discussed include service in the Solomon Islands campaign aboard the PRINGLE, involvement in the Saipan and Tinian invasions, service at Okinawa on the JOHN A. BOLE, and duty along the Korean coast after the Japanese surrender. Post World War II commentary concerns evacuation of American nationals from Shanghai (1949), involvement of the transport HORACE A. BASS in the Korean War Inchon invasion, and the demolition of railroads along the Korean coast.
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