Read an excerpt from the oral history with Richard L. Stewart of the destroyer USS Downes describing how his ship was attacked and exploded while in dry-dock.
Text from Principal Investigator
Richard Lewis Stewart was born 8 June 1919 in Mississippi. He was appointed to Annapolis from Tennessee and was a member of the Class of 1941. At the time of Pearl Harbor, Stewart was serving on the destroyer USS Downes (DD 375). Stewart retired from the Navy with the rank of Lt. Commander.
The U.S. Naval Academy Alumni Association Inc., Register of Alumni, 1997 Edition. (Annapolis, 1997).
Richard L. Stewart Interview, Oral History Collection, Manuscripts and Rare Books Department, Collection No. 182. Display Collection Guide
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