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Joseph C. Zirkle Oral History Interview, June 25, 1993, June 25, 1995

Oral History #OH0137

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Title: Joseph C. Zirkle Oral History Interview
Creators: Lennon, Donald R.
Zirkle, Joseph C.
Repository: ECU Manuscript Collection
Languages: English
Extent: 0.01 Cubic feet, 2 audiotapes, 1.5 hours, 39 pages .

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Preferred Citation

Joseph C. Zirkle Oral History Interview (#OH0137), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.

Acquisition Information

  • Gift of Joseph C. Zirkle

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  • Encoded by Apex Data Services

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Capt. Zirkle, a native of Washington, D.C., recounts his early background, his attendance a prep school, and his experiences at the U.S. Naval Academy. He describes an episode involving the transport of code books by train across the United States, his assignment to the USS CALIFORNIA, and his assignment to the USS MASSACHUSETTS after the sinking of the CALIFORNIA at Pearl Harbor. Comments pertain to involvement in the North African invasion, their attack upon a French battleship, his service in WESTPAC with Task Force 38 and 58, and his departure from the MASSACHUSETTS for flight training.

Interview #2 focuses on flight training at Corpus Christi, Texas in 1943, assignment to the USS GUAM for the remainder of W.W. II, flying assignments off the USS MIDWAY and USS CORAL SEA, duty as skipper of ASW squadron flying off CVEs, attendance at War College, assignment to TICONDEROGA, and duty at the Pentagon.

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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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