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Richard M. Wright Oral History Interview, April 28, 2001

Oral History #OH0202

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Title: Richard M. Wright Oral History Interview
Creators: Lennon, Donald R.
Wright, Richard M.
Repository: ECU Manuscript Collection
Languages: English
Extent: 0.0050 Cubic feet, 1 audiocassette, 1.5 hours, 31 pages .

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General note

1920s-1960s

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Preferred Citation

Richard M. Wright Oral History Interview (#OH0202), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.

Acquisition Information

  • Gift of Richard M. Wright

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  • Encoded by Apex Data Services


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Captain Wright comments on his background in California, experiences at the U.S. Naval Academy, and duty on the USS TENNESSEE before, during, and after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. He recounts his admission to submarine school in 1943 and his assignment to the USS POGY. He describes war patrols on the POGY during which they sunk two troop ships en route to Guadalcanal, a patrol on the PARCHE in which they entered Naha harbor at Okinawa and sunk a whale factory ship, and patrols in the SPADEFISH. Post war commentary concerns duty in the BLOWER, COCHINO, and the SCABBARDFISH. He also explains his experiences in the COCHINO during which he was involved in a mission in the Arctic Ocean where the aft battery compartment exploded, badly burning Captain Wright and sinking the ship.

Subsequent assignments described include Bureau of Personnel (BUPERS), command of the KNAPP and the SHIELDS, duty as Naval Attaché at the Hague, command of the MONROVIA, command of Sub Squadron 2 in New London, and service on the staff of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

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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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