Burns W. Spore Oral History Interview

April 28, 2001
Oral History #OH0201
Lennon, Donald R.; Spore, Burns W.
Physical description
0.01 Cubic Feet, 2 audiocassettes, 2 hours, 48 pages
Preferred Citation
Burns W. Spore Oral History Interview (#OH0201), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.
ECU Manuscript Collection
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Captain Spore, who was born in Annapolis, Maryland, was the product of a long line of Naval officers. He comments on his ancestry, childhood, and experiences at the U.S. Naval Academy. He describes duty on the USS FLUSSER during and after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, including escort duty between Pearl Harbor and the West Coast. He comments on his assignment to the USS SPENCE, convoy duty to Casa Blanca, South Pacific duty with Admiral Burke's squadron, including Espiritu Santa and the "Turkey Shoot" at Guadalcanal. He also comments on duty on the USS DUNCAN at Okinawa; air patrol duty between Okinawa and Honshu, Japan; assignment to the USS RALPH TALBOT; and involvement in the Bikini Island atomic tests after the war's end.

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Gift of Burns W. Spore

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Key terms
Personal Names
Spore, Burns W.
Corporate Names
United States Naval Academy--History
United States. Navy--Officers--Interviews
Operation Crossroads, Marshall Islands, 1946
Pearl Harbor (Hawaii), Attack on, 1941
World War, 1939-1945--Campaigns--Japan
World War, 1939-1945--Campaigns--Mariana Islands
World War, 1939-1945--Campaigns--Pacific Ocean
World War, 1939-1945--Campaigns--Solomon Islands--Guadalcanal