George C. "Jerry" Ball, Jr., Oral History Interview

February 5, 1994
Oral History #OH0139
Lennon, Donald R.; Ball, George C., Jr., 1919-
Physical description
0.01 Cubic Feet, 2 audiotape, 1.75 hours, 51 pages
Preferred Citation
George C. "Jerry" Ball, Jr., Oral History Interview (#OH0139), 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

Captain Ball, a native of Arkansas, comments on his background and his experiences at the U.S. Naval Academy. He describes his assignment to the commissioning of the USS NORTH CAROLINA, appointment to submarine school, and submarine duty in the Atlantic and Pacific during World War II. For the postwar period he recounts his experiences with submarine service headquartered in Panama, New London, CT, the Mediterranean, and Key West as well as assignments to the Pentagon. A detailed description is provided of his service as commanding officer of the naval base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, including life at Guantanamo, relations with Cuba, Cuban refugees at the naval base, the coming of the Cuban Missile Crisis, and the evacuation of dependents from the base.

Administrative information
Source of acquisition

Gift of George C. Jerry Ball, Jr.,

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Key terms
Personal Names
Ball, George C., Jr., 1919-
Corporate Names
United States. Navy--Officers--Interviews
United States. Navy--Submarine forces
Cuban Missile Crisis, 1962
World War, 1939-1945--Campaigns--Pacific Ocean
World War, 1939-1945--Naval operations--Submarine
Cuba--Politics and government
Cuba--Social conditions--20th century
Guantánamo Bay Naval Base (Cuba)--History
Panama--History, Military--20th century