Thomas G. Burley, Jr., Oral History Interview

February 6, 1995
Oral History #OH0148
Burley, Thomas G.; Lennon, Donald R.
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0.015 Cubic Feet, 3 audiotapes, 2 hours, 53 pages
Preferred Citation
Thomas G. Burley, Jr., Oral History Interview (#OH0148), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.
ECU Manuscript Collection
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Captain Burley comments briefly on his background in Pennsylvania and his experiences at the U.S. Naval Academy. He discusses duty on the USS MARYLAND prior to and after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, commissioning of the USS IOWA and its tour to Argentia, passage of President Franklin D. Roosevelt aboard the IOWA to the Teheran Conference, task force duty in the Pacific, and assignment to the USS LAKE CHAMPLAIN. Postwar commentary reflects participation of the LAKE CHAMPLAIN in "Operation Magic Carpet" (transporting troops from the war zones); reactivating of the USS BLUE; duty in the USS LEONARD F. MASON during the Korean War, operating out of Japan in anti-submarine warfare; command of the USS BAUSELL; stateside assignments; the Tonkin Gulf incident; Cuban Missile Crisis; and command of the Brooklyn Navy Yard.

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Gift of Thomas G. Burley Jr.

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Key terms
Personal Names
Burley, Thomas G.
Roosevelt, Franklin D. (Franklin Delano), 1882-1945
Corporate Names
Iowa (Battleship)
Maryland (Battleship)
New York Naval Shipyard--History
United States Naval Academy
United States. Navy--Officers--Interviews
Korean War, 1950-1953--Naval operations
Pearl Harbor (Hawaii), Attack on, 1941
World War, 1939-1945--Campaigns--Pacific Ocean