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Horace Twiford Oral History Interview, March 15, 2001

(Oral History #OH0206)

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Title: Horace Twiford Oral History Interview
Creators: Sugg, H. A. I.
Twiford, Horace
Repository: ECU Manuscript Collection
Languages: English
Extent: 0.0050 Cubic feet, 1 audiocassette, 1 hour, no transcription.

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General note

1941-1980s

Access Restrictions

No restrictions

Copyright Notice

Repository does not own copyright to the oral history collection. Permission to cite, reproduce, or broadcast must be obtained from both the repository and the participants in the oral history, or their heirs.

Preferred Citation

Horace Twiford Oral History Interview (#OH0206), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.

Acquisition Information

  • Gift of Horace Twiford

Processing Information

  • Encoded by Apex Data Services


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Mr. Twiford went to sea in June of 1941 out of Norfolk, VA. Most of his career involved working on freighters and tankers. He was 3rd mate on the Essor [Exxon] tanker CAMDEN during World War II.

Twiford professes to have been a "Maritime bum" in his younger days and gives a running commentary on his life and travels at sea. He also duscusses serving on ships sailing under the Panamanian flag; the Korean Conflict; the Vietnam War; the Bay of Pigs invasion; Cuban Prime Minister Fidel Castro's leadership' amd the freedom of serving on merchant ships in that one could jump ship at any port and not be found. Upon retiring from the Merchant Marine, he settled down in North Carolina.

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He discusses sailing into the port at Okinawa without the aid of charts, using a picture to navigate. He also comments on making runs to other areas in the South Pacific during the war.

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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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