Kristen F. Heiberg Oral History Interview, October 6, 2000

Oral History #OH0203

  • Descriptive Summary
    Title: Kristen F. Heiberg Oral History Interview
    Creator: Heiberg, Kristen F.
    Reid, Phillip F.
    Repository: ECU Manuscript Collection
    Language: English
    Extent: 0.01 Cubic feet, 2 audiocassettes, 2 hours, 34 pages,
  • Description

    Electrician's-Mate Class Kristen F. Heiberg served on six warships during WorldWar II, including the destroyer USS Benham (DD-397). While serving on the Benham, Mr. Heiberg participated in the ferrying of planes to Wake Island just before Pearl Harbor, witnessed the immediate aftermath of the Pearl Harbor attack, accompanied the Doolittle raid on Tokyo, in which Benham fired on Japanese fishing vessels engaging in clandestine scouting for the enemy, the Battle of Midway, in which Benham rescued 721 survivors from the carrier Yorktown, and later rescued survivors from the destroyer Hammann after both Yorktown and Hammann were torpedoed by the Japanese submarine I-168. On the night of 15 November 1942, during the Battle of Guadalcanal, Mr. Heiberg was in a forward compartment on the Benham, when a Japanese warship blew off the destroyer's bow with a torpedo. He and the rest of the crew abandoned ship in the darkness and were recovered by the USS Gwin (DD-433), which subsequently sank the Benham with gunfire. His later war service included the shakedown cruise of the Fletcher-class destroyer USS Bell (DD-587), commissioned 1943, the seaplane tender USS Kenneth Whiting (AV-14), the gasoline tanker USS Klaskanine (AOG-63), the attack transport USS Crescent City (PA-21), in which he saw further action during the island-hopping U.S. offensive, and the attack cargo ship USS Algol (AKA-54).

  • Administrative Information
    Accessions Information Acquisition Information

    Gift of Kristen F. Heiberg

    Access Restrictions

    No restrictions

    Copyright Notice

    Literary rights to specific documents are retained by the authors or their descendants in accordance with U.S. copyright law.

    Preferred Citation

    Kristen F. Heiberg Oral History Interview (#OH0203), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.

    Processing Information

    Encoded by Apex Data Services

This page is only for requesting materials that you wish to view in person in the Reading Room at Joyner Library. It does not permit you to view the materials online or to request their photoduplication. If you would like to request materials for photoduplication, please visit our Copying and Permissions page.

Sensitive Materials Statement

Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, the North Carolina Public Records Act (N.C.G.S. § 132 1 et seq.), and Article 7 of the North Carolina State Personnel Act (Privacy of State Employee Personnel Records, N.C.G.S. § 126-22 et seq.). Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection, without the consent of those individuals, may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which East Carolina University assumes no responsibility.

Use the checkboxes to select the boxes/folders you would like to view, then click continue at the bottom of the page.

Container List

Once you have selected all of the boxes/folders you would like to view, click