Powell P. Vail, Jr., Oral History Interview

January 23, 1998
Oral History #OH0161
Ragan, Fred D.; Vail, Powell P.
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0.005 Cubic Feet, 1 audiocasssette, 1.5 hours, 35 pages
Preferred Citation
Powell P. Vail, Jr., Oral History Interview (#OH0161), 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

Captain Vail, a native of Mississippi, graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy as a part of the Class of 1941. In this interview, Captain Vail comments on his background and early education, pre-war assignment to the USS WEST VIRGINIA, his service during World War II, and his duties in the post-war period until his retirement in 1971. For World War II, he relates his experiences in the USS FANNING, the USS QUICK off North Africa and Sicily, and the USS HAWLEY, USS O'BRIEN, and the USS NEALLY in the Pacific. Ships served aboard after 1945 include the HMS BROADSWORD, USS KROUS, USS FISKE, and the USS GRAND CANYON.

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Gift of Powell P. Vail, Jr.

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Key terms
Personal Names
Vail, Powell P.
Corporate Names
United States Naval Academy--History
United States. Navy--Officers--Interviews
West Virginia (Ship)
Pearl Harbor (Hawaii), Attack on, 1941
World War, 1939-1945--Campaigns--Atlantic Ocean
World War, 1939-1945--Campaigns--Japan--Okinawa Island
World War, 1939-1945--Campaigns--Pacific Ocean