Walter Francis Martin, Jr., Oral History Interview

January, 1989
Oral History #OH0111
Lennon, Donald R.; Martin, Walter Francis, 1912-
Physical description
0.005 Cubic Feet, 1 audiotape, 0.75 hours, 14 pages
Preferred Citation
Walter Francis Martin, Jr., Oral History Interview (#OH0111), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.
ECU Manuscript Collection
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Scope and arrangement

Mr. Martin primarily provides background for his personal papers which are included in the Destroyer Escort Commanding Officers Collection. He relates his childhood memories of growing up in an Army family with a father who served with the 5th Cavalry in the Philippine insurrection and with General Pershing on the Mexican border. Concerning his own service, he discusses duty beginning in 1944 as a reserve intelligence officer operating initially in the New York area. Subsequent duty pertained to a trip to Ecuador, training in anti-submarine warfare, assignment to instructional duty in the South Pacific, encounters with the Japanese, the battle of Leyte Gulf and other Philippine engagements, the capture of Okinawa, and kamikaze experiences.

Administrative information
Source of acquisition

Gift of Walter Francis Martin, Jr.

Processing information

Encoded by Apex Data Services

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.

General note


Key terms
Personal Names
Martin, Walter Francis, 1912-
Corporate Names
United States. Navy--Officers--Interviews
Anti-submarine warfare
Leyte Gulf, Battle of, Philippines, 1944
World War, 1939-1945--Campaigns--Japan--Okinawa Island
World War, 1939-1945--Campaigns--Pacific Ocean