Richard E. Foster Oral History Interview

February 5, 1994
Oral History #OH0142
Williams, Gene; Foster, Richard E.
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0.005 Cubic Feet, 1 audiotape, 1 hour, 16 pages
Preferred Citation
Richard E. Foster Oral History Interview (#OH0142), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.
ECU Manuscript Collection
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Born in Piedmont, California, Captain Foster was the captain of the U.S. Naval Academy football team in 1940. He comments on his wartime assignments on the USS PENNSYLVANIA and the USS INDIANA; his postwar duty on the USS WRIGHT; and his years as a naval engineer involved in ship design, planning, and production. Of particular interest are commentaries on the flag-raising at Iwo Jima as witnessed from the deck of the USS VICKSBURG, the surrender of Japanese forces in Tokyo Bay, and the career-ending injuries sustained in a mid-air collision of commercial airliners in the skies over New York state.

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Gift of Richard E. Foster

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Key terms
Personal Names
Foster, Richard E.
Corporate Names
Pennsylvania (Battleship)
United States. Department of the Navy. Bureau of Ships
United States. Navy--Officers--Interviews
Pearl Harbor (Hawaii), Attack on, 1941
World War, 1939-1945--Campaigns--Pacific Ocean