Charles W. Rush, Jr., Oral History Interview

May 20, 1987; May 11, 1988
Oral History #OH0086
Lennon, Donald R.; Rush, Charles W.
Physical description
0.01 Cubic Feet, 2 audiocassettes, 3 hours, 54 pages
Preferred Citation
Charles W. Rush, Jr., Oral History Interview (#OH0086), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.
ECU Manuscript Collection
No access to collection by donor's instructions; fully restricted.

Biographical/historical information

Capt. Rush, a member of the USNA Class of 1941, was a native of Alabama. During much of his career he was involved in submarine operations, including duty in the THRESHER, BILLFISH, CARBONERO, QUEENFISH, AND BLACKFISH. During assignment to the Office of Naval Operations he made recommendations that involved the polar passage of the USS NAUTILIS and he was also involved in the development of the Subroc Missile System.

Scope and arrangement

During his first interview, Capt. Rush recounts his early background and education and his experiences at the U.S. Naval Academy. Also included are details of his assignment to the Destroyer USS CLARK, its location at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, and its service in the South Pacific subsequent to the declaration of war. As a submarine officer during 1942, he describes patrols in the THRESHER.

In interview #2, Capt. Rush continues his account of submarine duty during World War II, including social activities in Australia, combat patrols in the Java Sea, and service aboard the BILLFISH.

Administrative information
Source of acquisition

Gift of Charles W. Rush, Jr.

Processing information

Encoded by Apex Data Services

Copyright notice

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