Willard W. DeVenter Oral History Interview

August 27, 1996
Oral History #OH0153
DeVenter, Willard W.; Lennon, Donald R.
Physical description
0.005 Cubic Feet, 1 audiocasssette, 1.5 hours, 29 pages
Preferred Citation
Willard W. DeVenter Oral History Interview (#OH0153), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.
ECU Manuscript Collection
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Biographical/historical information

Captain DeVenter grew up in California before entering the USNA Class of 1941.

Scope and arrangement

After serving on several destroyers, he was assigned to the USS ARKANSAS. During this session, he recounts his service in the ARKANSAS participating in convoy duty, the Normandy Invasion, and the invasion of Southern France. He then describes duty in the Pacific participating in the ARKANSAS' involvement at Ulithi, Iwo Jima, Louzon and Okinawa. He also comments on post war duty on the USS MISSISSIPPI and his assignment to Post Graduate school at MIT.

Administrative information
Source of acquisition

Gift of Willard W. DeVenter

Processing information

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General note


Key terms
Personal Names
DeVenter, Willard W.
Corporate Names
Arkansas (Battleship)
United States Naval Academy--History
United States. Navy--Officers--Interviews
Pearl Harbor (Hawaii), Attack on, 1941
World War, 1939-1945--Campaigns--France--Normandy
World War, 1939-1945--Campaigns--Japan