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Calvin Underwood Oral History

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Identifier: OHP 117
Scope and Contents Calvin Underwood served aboard Growler as a missile technician third class from 1962 to 1964. He began his interview by discussing his decision to enlist in the Navy a week after graduating high school, explaining that the only jobs available to him in his hometown involved working in the cotton mill. Underwood then stated that he was sent to boot camp in San Diego and described what it was like to leave home for the first time. He also explained that he decided to apply for sub school while he...

David E. Bishop Oral History

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Identifier: OHP 118
Scope and Contents David Bishop served on Growler as a torpedoman third class from December 1959 to September 1961. He began his interview by explaining his decision to join the Navy when he was seventeen years old. Bishop then noted boot camp in San Diego and submarine schools in San Francisco, stating that submarined schools taught you the basic systems aboard a submarine and that the actual operation of these systems occurred once you were on board a boat. As Bishop continued, he described his first day on...

Duane F. Heatwole Oral History

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Identifier: OHP 057
Scope and Contents Duane F. Heatwole served aboard Growler as a commissaryman petty officer second class from 1960 to 1964. Heatwole began his interview by discussing Growler’s galley. He also described how he acquired different types of food, how this food was loaded into the boat, and how the food was stored. Heatwole then discussed some of the meals that he prepared for the crew, including filet mignon, lobster, and crab legs from Alaska. He then continued, describing a process called snorkeling, which...

Herman F. Nascimento Oral History

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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...

Jack Gabler Oral History

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Identifier: OHP 142
Scope and Contents Jack Gabler served aboard Growler as a sonarman third class from 1963 to 1964. He began his interview by stating that he had initially planned to become a veterinarian, however he explained how a turn of events and a chance meeting with a Navy recruiter resulted in him joining the Navy. Gabler then discussed boot camp, which he described as a “real eye awakening moment.” He also recounted his introduction to the submarine service, stating that submarines sailors came to speak with the recruits...

Pierce Matthews Correspondence

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Identifier: A2017.05
Overview The Pierce Matthews Correspondence collection consists of primarily letters and postcards to his family. The correspondence spans a portion his service in the Navy, from 1949–1962, with the majority concentrating on 1960-62. In addition to letters and postcards, there were often photos, clippings, and other documents enclosed with and described in various letters. Topics in the letters include family and daily life, opinions on raising a family, chess, coin collecting, dating life,...

Thomas Dugan Oral History

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Identifier: OHP 015
Scope and Contents Thomas Dugan, from Greenwood, Texas, served aboard Intrepid as an aviation machinist's mate second class during World War II, from 1943 to 1945. He began his interview by discussing his childhood and explaining his jobs with the Civilian Conservations Corps and the Terrell Aviation School in Terrell, Texas. He then discussed his decision to join the Navy. Dugan continued, noting boot camp in Great Lakes, Illinois, his brief assignment to Wolverine, and his orders to Intrepid, explaining that...

Wesley Hays Oral History

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Identifier: OHP 095
Scope and Contents Wesley Hays served aboard Intrepid during World War II, in 1945, as a Corsair pilot in VBF-10. Hays began his interview by providing an overview of his time on board Intrepid. He also briefly discussed his childhood and how he developed an interest in flight. The interview then transitioned to a discussion on flight training, and Hays described the stages of flight training and the aircraft he flew. He also explained how he was assigned to VBF-10 and provided a detailed description of the...