Paul Albert Putnam Oral History Interview

November 13, 1975
Oral History #OH0027
Putnam, Paul Albert; Lennon, Donald R.
Physical description
0.005 Cubic Feet, 1 audiocassette, 1.5 hours, 20 pages
Preferred Citation
Paul Albert Putnam Oral History Interview (#OH0027), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.
ECU Manuscript Collection
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Biographical/historical information

General Putnam was born in Michigan and was commissioned into the Marine Corps on March 5, 1926. As a Major he commanded Marine Fighting Squadron 211 which was assigned to Wake Island on 4 December 1941. On 23 December Wake Island was captured by Japanese Forces and Major Putnam and other Wake Island defenders were taken prisoners. He remained in a Japanese POW camp from December 1941 until September 1945.

Administrative information
Source of acquisition

Gift of Paul Albert Putnam

Processing information

Encoded by Apex Data Services

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Key terms
Personal Names
Putnam, Paul Albert
Corporate Names
United States. Marine Corps--Aviation
United States. Marine Corps--Officers
Wake Island, Battle of, Wake Island, 1941
World War, 1939-1945--Prisoners and prisons, Japanese
Nicaragua--History, Military--20th century