Thomas E. Blount Oral History Interview

February 8, 1995; June 25, 1995; June 26, 1995
Oral History #OH0149
Blount, Thomas E.; Lennon, Donald R.
Physical description
0.01 Cubic Feet, 2 audiotapes, 3 hours, 62 pages
Preferred Citation
Thomas E. Blount Oral History Interview (#OH0149), 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

Commander Blount comments on his childhood in a family that moved frequently before settling in Rye, N.Y. He describes his experiences at the U.S. Naval Academy, including the details of the midshipmen cruise to Europe. From his World War II experiences, he reports on assignment to the USS HAMILTON (DD 141), convoy duty in the North Atlantic, and the invasion of Morocco.

Commander Blount continues his discussion of duty in the Atlantic, the bombardment of Morocco, and the attack upon the French ship JEAN BART. Commentaries touch upon flight training at Melbourne, Fla., and duties in the Pacific aboard the BENNINGTON. Also of interest are descriptions of attacks upon Japanese airfields, duty as flag lt. to Adm. Jonathan Price, operations officer at Ford Island, and the illness that cut short his naval career.

Administrative information
Source of acquisition

Gift of Thomas E. Blount

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Encoded by Apex Data Services

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Key terms
Personal Names
Blount, Thomas E.
Corporate Names
United States Naval Academy--Students
United States. Navy--Officers--Interviews
World War, 1939-1945--Campaigns--Atlantic Ocean
World War, 1939-1945--Campaigns--Pacific Ocean