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John G. Messer Oral History Interview, February 5, 1994

Oral History #OH0141

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Title: John G. Messer Oral History Interview
Creators: Lennon, Donald R.
Messer, John G.
Repository: ECU Manuscript Collection
Languages: English
Extent: 0.01 Cubic feet, 2 audiotape, 1.75 hours, 38 pages.

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John G. Messer Oral History Interview (#OH0141), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.

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  • Gift of John G. Messer

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Captain "Jack" Messer, a native of Massachusetts, comments on his educational background prior to entering the U.S. Naval Academy in 1937. He describes his assignment to the USS MADISON (DD 425) and its participation in convoy duty in the North Atlantic until January 1943 and duty on the USS KIMBERLY (DD 521) during 1943 and 1944. Commentary on the KIMBERLY service includes involvement in shore bombardment of Tarawa and Makin islands in the South Pacific, repairs in San Francisco, and bombardment of Kurile Island in the Aleutians. Postwar assignments discussed include assignments to the Naval Mine Depot, CINCNELM staff in London, the torpedo office of the Underwater Ordnance Station, and OPNAV in Washington, as well as sea duty in the USS PHILIPPINE SEA, USS SOLEY, Destroyer Division 82, Carrier Division 14, and USS BELKNAP as commander of a destroyer squadron.

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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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