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Pemberton Southard Oral History Interview, April 27, 2001

Oral History #OH0199

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Title: Pemberton Southard Oral History Interview
Creators: Lennon, Donald R.
Southard, Pemberton
Repository: ECU Manuscript Collection
Languages: English
Extent: 0.01 Cubic feet, 2 audiocassettes, 2 hours.

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Pemberton Southard Oral History Interview (#OH0199), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.

Acquisition Information

  • Gift of Pemberton Southard

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Captain Southard comments on his childhood in Maine and his experiences while at the U.S. Naval Academy as part of the Class of 1941. He describes duty on the USS LANG, including cruises out of Charleston and Norfolk, ferrying of British planes from Scapa Flow to Malta, duty in the South Pacific in support of the USS WASP, the Guadalcanal invasion, R& R assignment for the LANG while the WASP was being sunk, and the encounter in Vella Gulf. He comments on leaving the LANG for Fire Control School, commissioning of the USS MC FOX, his presence in Tokyo harbor at the end of the war, and assignments to the USS DORAN and the USS VERMILLION. Other comments pertain to command of Escort Squadron 18, assignment to the Naval Station at Key West, duty as Naval Science professor at Princeton University, command of the USS GRAND CANYON, and assignments to Guantanamo Bay, Boston, and Newport.

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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