Gorski, Elizabeth C.
Found in 13 Collections and/or Records:
Identifier: OHP 028
Scope and Contents Alfred “Pete” Smith served as the operations officer aboard Intrepid from 1970 to 1972. Smith began his interview by stating that he joined the Navy Reserves in 1947, at the age of 17. He then provided a brief outline of his early Navy career, from being an enlisted reservist, to joining a submarine division, and then entering the Naval Academy, graduating in 1953. Smith continued, recounting his assignments in the aviation community, from receiving his wings in November 1954, through...
Dates: January 16, 2014
Identifier: OHP 056
Identifier: OHP 027
Scope and Contents Bernard “Ben” St. John served aboard Intrepid as an Avenger torpedo bomber pilot in VT-18 during World War II, from late 1944 until July 1945. St. John began his interview by discussing his hometown, Adams, Massachusetts, his years in high school, and some of his early jobs. He also recalled hearing about the war in Europe and later the attack on Pearl Harbor. St. John then discussed his decision to become a pilot, the different levels of pilot training, carrier quals, and his first landing on...
Dates: December 7, 2013
Scope and Contents Brian Walker served aboard Intrepid as an attack aviator in VA-34 during Intrepid’s second Vietnam deployment in 1967. He began his interview by discussing his upbringing in Wisconsin and his interest in flight, which began at an early age. Walker then continued, explaining his decision to join the Navy and describing his experiences in flight training, which involved flying T-34s, T-28s, and F-9s. The interview then shifted to Walker’s time aboard Intrepid, where he flew A-4s, an aircraft that...
Dates: February 17, 2016
Identifier: OHP 034
Scope and Contents David Benedict served aboard Intrepid as a boiler tender in the number two boiler room, and as a yeoman in the engineering office, from October 1958 to July 1961. Benedict began his interview by providing an overview of his service aboard Intrepid, noting the years he was aboard and discussing his first job as a boiler tender in the number two boiler room and his second job as a yeoman in the engineering office. Benedict then spoke about recreation aboard ship and visiting different...
Dates: May 23, 2014
Identifier: OHP 058
Scope and Contents Herman Nascimento served aboard Growler from 1958 to 1961, as an engineman petty officer third class. Nascimento began his interview by providing a brief overview of his time in the Navy. He then explained his family history, discussed growing up in Hawaii, and recounted some of his memories of growing up in Hawaii during WWII. Nascimento next discussed his motivation for joining the Navy and volunteering for the submarine service. The interview then shifted toward submarine training with...
Dates: October 01, 2014
Identifier: OHP 023
Scope and Contents Jimm Larry Hendren served aboard Intrepid as the ship’s legal officer during the 1966 WESTPAC cruise to Vietnam. Hendren began his interview by discussing his family’s history and describing his education, from high school through Naval Justice School. He then continued, stating that his first orders were as Assistant Legal Officer at Commander Fleet Air Norfolk, where a fortuitous meeting with Captain Giuseppe Macri and Captain John Fair resulted in Hendren becoming Intrepid’s legal officer....
Dates: November 11, 2013
Identifier: OHP 096
Scope and Contents June Hays married Wesley Hays in 1943, and experienced life on the home front during World War II while Wes served aboard Intrepid in VBF-10. Hays began her interview by discussing her childhood in Santa Anna, Texas. She also explained how she met Wesley Hays. June then recalled Wes joining the Navy, getting engaged to Wes, getting married in Pensacola, and having their first son, Wes Jr. As the interview continued, June noted that Wes was eventually stationed in Groton, Connecticut, and that...
Dates: April 28, 2016
Identifier: OHP 193
Scope and Contents Kenneth Erger served aboard Intrepid as a fire controlman third class during World War II, from 1944 to 1946. He began his interview by discussing his childhood in Iowa and describing life growing up on a farm. Erger then explained his decision to join the Navy and described boot camp before stating that he went aboard Intrepid while the ship was in San Francisco. He noted the ship’s shakedown after being repaired from a torpedo strike and also recounted the arrival of the air group and the...
Dates: April 11, 2019
Identifier: OHP 037
Scope and Contents Richard Meyers served aboard Growler as a machinist’s mate second class from October 1961 to September 1963. Meyers began his interview by explaining his decision to leave his construction job in Wyoming and join the Navy. He then discussed boot camp and volunteering for the submarine service. Meyers continued, recounting the first time he saw Growler. The submarine was in dry dock in Pearl Harbor, which gave Meyers the opportunity to walk underneath Growler and see the submarine from a...
Dates: July 2, 2014