Archie P. Kelley Oral History Interview

April 26, 2001
Oral History #OH0197
Kelley, Archie P.; Lennon, Donald R.
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0.005 Cubic Feet, 1 audiocassette, 1.5 hours, 41 pages
Preferred Citation
Archie P. Kelley Oral History Interview (#OH0197), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.
ECU Manuscript Collection
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Captain Kelley, a Navy junior born in D.C., grew up in a Navy family primarily in California. After commenting briefly on his youth and US Naval Academy experiences, he describes his experiences in the USS WEST VIRIGINIA during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. He comments on the aftermath of the attack, the raising of the WEST VIRIGNIA and the OKLAHOMA, and his service in the USS GANSEVOORT and FRAZIER. He details seven Pacific engagements, including attacks on Kwajalein and Gaudalcanal.

Captain Kelley entered the postgraduate course at MIT in 1944 and from there was assigned to work with Admiral Rickover in the nuclear submarine program. He discusses Admiral Rickover and development and testing of the NAUTILUS and SEA WOLF nuclear submarines and other aspects of his career until his resignation from the Navy in 1956 to enter the aerospace industry.

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Gift of Archie P. Kelley

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Key terms
Personal Names
Kelley, Archie P.
Rickover, Hyman George
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--Marshall Islands
World War, 1939-1945--Campaigns--Pacific Ocean
World War, 1939-1945--Campaigns--Solomon Islands--Guadalcanal