William D. Owen Oral History Interview, February 5, 1988

Oral History #OH0103

  • Descriptive Summary
    Title: William D. Owen Oral History Interview
    Creator: Barclay, Morgan J.
    Owen, William D.
    Repository: ECU Manuscript Collection
    Language: English
    Extent: 0.005 Cubic feet, 1 audiotape, 1.5 hours, 35 pages ,
  • Description

    Captain Owen, USNA Class of 1941, comments on his experiences at the Naval Academy, delay in commissioning due to an eye deficiency, assignment to the USS YORKTOWN, and service in the North Atlantic during the summer of 1941. For World War II he describes the severe damage to the YORKTOWN in the battle of the Coral Sea and its sinking in the battle of Midway, service in the BIRMINGHAM during the invasion of Sicily, and kamikaze raids on the ASTORIA at Iwo Jima. Postwar comments concern NATO duty, assignments to the GATLING, JOHN S. McCAIN, and the UVALDE, investigation of the USS LIBERTY incident, and experiences in Vietnam.

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    William D. Owen Oral History Interview (#OH0103), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.

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