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George C. "Jerry" Ball, Jr., Oral History Interview, February 5, 1994

Oral History #OH0139

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Title: George C. "Jerry" Ball, Jr., Oral History Interview
Creators: Ball, George C., 1919-
Lennon, Donald R.
Repository: ECU Manuscript Collection
Languages: English
Extent: 0.01 Cubic feet, 2 audiotape, 1.75 hours, 51 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.

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George C. "Jerry" Ball, Jr., Oral History Interview (#OH0139), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.

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  • Gift of George C. Jerry Ball, Jr.,

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Captain Ball, a native of Arkansas, comments on his background and his experiences at the U.S. Naval Academy. He describes his assignment to the commissioning of the USS NORTH CAROLINA, appointment to submarine school, and submarine duty in the Atlantic and Pacific during World War II. For the postwar period he recounts his experiences with submarine service headquartered in Panama, New London, CT, the Mediterranean, and Key West as well as assignments to the Pentagon. A detailed description is provided of his service as commanding officer of the naval base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, including life at Guantanamo, relations with Cuba, Cuban refugees at the naval base, the coming of the Cuban Missile Crisis, and the evacuation of dependents from the base.

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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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