Roland Rieve Oral History Interview

August 26, 1995
Oral History #OH0152
Lennon, Donald R.; Rieve, Roland
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0.005 Cubic Feet, 1 audiocasssette, 1.5 hours, 29 pages
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Roland Rieve Oral History Interview (#OH0152), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.
ECU Manuscript Collection
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Admiral Rieve, a native of Maryland and a member of the USNA Class of 1941, relates his experiences as a Naval officer during World War II. He comments on duty in the USS QUINCY in the North Atlantic, including efforts to locate the German warship BISMARCK above the Arctic Circle. He reports on his training in radar and outfitting of the QUINCY with radar before relocating to the Pacific. He describes the sinking of the QUINCY at Guadalcanal, his transport to New Zealand, and his assignment to command the sailing scow KOHI from New Zealand to New Caledonia.

Admiral Rieve also comments on duty aboard the USS BENNINGTON and its role in the Japanese surrender ceremony; duty aboard the USS GENERAL ANDERSON during the Korean War and efforts to pick up troops from Inchon; and service in the USS FRANKLIN DELANO ROOSEVELT in the Mediterranean during the early 1950s. He further comments on flying to Vietnam from Subic Bay during the Vietnam War to check on concrete ships and a final tour of duty in the Pacific before retiring in 1975.

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Key terms
Personal Names
Rieve, Roland
Corporate Names
United States Naval Academy--History
United States. Navy--Officers--Interviews
Guadalcanal, Battle of, Solomon Islands, 1942-1943
Korean War, 1950-1953--Naval operations
Vietnam War, 1961-1975
World War, 1939-1945--Campaigns--Atlantic Ocean
World War, 1939-1945--Campaigns--Pacific Ocean