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Thomas E. Blount Oral History Interview, February 8, 1995, June 25, 1995, June 26, 1995

Oral History #OH0149

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Title: Thomas E. Blount Oral History Interview
Creators: Blount, Thomas E.
Lennon, Donald R.
Repository: ECU Manuscript Collection
Languages: English
Extent: 0.01 Cubic feet, 2 audiotapes, 3 hours, 62 pages .

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Thomas E. Blount Oral History Interview (#OH0149), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.

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  • Gift of Thomas E. Blount

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Commander Blount comments on his childhood in a family that moved frequently before settling in Rye, N.Y. He describes his experiences at the U.S. Naval Academy, including the details of the midshipmen cruise to Europe. From his World War II experiences, he reports on assignment to the USS HAMILTON (DD 141), convoy duty in the North Atlantic, and the invasion of Morocco.

Commander Blount continues his discussion of duty in the Atlantic, the bombardment of Morocco, and the attack upon the French ship JEAN BART. Commentaries touch upon flight training at Melbourne, Fla., and duties in the Pacific aboard the BENNINGTON. Also of interest are descriptions of attacks upon Japanese airfields, duty as flag lt. to Adm. Jonathan Price, operations officer at Ford Island, and the illness that cut short his naval career.

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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