Don L. Summerville Oral History Interview

January 5, 2000
Oral History #OH0180
Summerville, Don L.; Lennon, Donald R.
Physical description
0.005 Cubic Feet, 1 audiocassette, 1.5 hours, 28 pages
Preferred Citation
Don L. Summerville Oral History Interview (#OH0180), 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

Mr. Summerville, a native of Richmond, Virginia, discusses his youth during the depression, his decision to become a Merchant Marine in 1938, and jobs he held on various merchant ships along the Atlantic coast and on voyages to Europe. He comments on efforts to join the Navy at the outbreak of World War II and the Navy's encouragement of him to stay with the Merchant fleet. He reports on transport duty in the Atlantic and the Mediterranean as part of the Allied invasions of North Africa, Sicily, and Italy; duty throughout the Pacific; and tanker duty after World War II until his departure from the Merchant Marines in 1955.

Administrative information
Source of acquisition

Gift of Don L. Summerville

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Encoded by Apex Data Services

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Key terms
Personal Names
Summerville, Don L.
Depressions--1929--United States
Merchant mariners--United States
World War, 1939-1945--Equipment and supplies
World War, 1939-1945--Naval operations, American