Frederick J. Ruder Oral History Interview

May 22, 1987; November 19, 1987
Oral History #OH0088
Ruder, Frederick J., 1917-; Lennon, Donald R.
Physical description
0.015 Cubic Feet, 3 audiocassettes, 3 hours, 78 pages
Preferred Citation
Frederick J. Ruder Oral History Interview (#OH0088), 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

Capt. Ruder, a member of the U.S. Naval Academy Class of 1941, served in destroyers and submarines during a thirty-year Naval career. He saw duty in the PHELPS, HADDO, DACE, BURRFISH, REQUIN, ARGONAUT, BECUNA, ATULE, WALLACE L. LIND, AND ELDORADO. Among his duty stations were the Office of Naval Research, DCNO Op 02, Headquarters of U.S. EUCOM, Staff of CincAfMed, Pentagon service with DCNO Op 07, professor of Naval Sciences at University of Rochester, and chief of staff to Oceanographer of the Navy.

Scope and arrangement

In interview #1, Capt. Ruder comments on his enlisted and Naval Reserves service prior to entering the U.S. Naval Academy, his education at the Academy, the attack on Pearl Harbor, the battle of the Coral Sea, and his role in the sinking of the burning carrier LEXINGTON.

Administrative information
Source of acquisition

Gift of Frederick J. Ruder

Processing information

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Copyright notice

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

General note


Key terms
Personal Names
Ruder, Frederick J., 1917-
Corporate Names
Lexington (Aircraft carrier : 1927-1942)
United States Naval Academy--Students
United States. Naval Reserve
United States. Navy--Officers--Interviews
Coral Sea, Battle of the, 1942
Pearl Harbor (Hawaii), Attack on, 1941