World War II, December 1941–September 1945
Subject Source: Time Periods (Local)
Found in 15 Collections and/or Records:
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...
Dates: December 7, 2013
Dates: August 16, 1943
Identifier: OHP 012
Scope and Contents James Smith served aboard Intrepid during World War II, from 1943 to 1946, and was a seaman first class stationed as a first loader on a 40mm gun. Smith began his interview by providing a brief background of his life before he joined the Navy. He then discussed his decision join the Navy, how he felt after the Pearl Harbor attack, being assigned to gunnery, and his job as a first loader. After focusing on his initial Navy experiences, Smith described the first time he saw Intrepid, as well...
Dates: August 16, 2013
Identifier: OHP 013
Scope and Contents Joseph Barry served aboard Intrepid as a radioman during World War II. Barry began his interview by recalling the early years of his life. He then discussed how he learned about the attack on Pearl Harbor and his decision to join the Navy. Barry next recounted becoming a radioman, seeing Intrepid for the first time, and working in the radio shack. He described the radio shack, stated the number of men that worked in that space, and explained the job they performed. Barry also noted that the...
Dates: August 17, 2013
Identifier: OHP 001
Scope and Contents Joseph D. Murphy served aboard Intrepid as a gunnery officer and deck officer during World War II, from 1943 to 1946. Murphy began his interview by discussing his family and the community where he was raised. He then described hearing the news of the attack on Pearl Harbor, joining the Navy Reserve, and receiving his commission as an ensign from Columbia midshipmen school. Murphy then continued, describing the first time he saw Intrepid and Intrepid’s commissioning ceremony. At this time,...
Dates: May 24, 2013
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
The Leslie Clemmer papers consists of documents from his service onboard the Intrepid, including a roster of officers, an engagement list, and a magazine clipping about Ulithi, which Intrepid visited.
Dates: Majority of material found within 1943—44
Abstract The Paul Lyness papers document Lyness’s World War II government and U.S. Navy positions, including his service on USS Intrepid. They reflect his work with Captain/Rear Admiral Thomas Sprague both on Intrepid and during Sprague’s command of Carrier Division 22. The collection contains general reference material on each position, such as rosters of officers and organizational charts, and also contains numerous undated handwritten notes and reminiscences, such as one on the Crossing the...
Dates: ca. February 13, 1942–2007
Identifier: OHP 007
Scope and Contents Raymond T. Stone served aboard Intrepid as a radarman second class during World War II, from 1943 to 1945. Stone began his interview by recalling the moment he heard of the attack on Pearl Harbor. He then discussed his decision to join the Navy, basic training, how he became a radarman, and his first time seeing Intrepid. Stone continued by describing his work in Intrepid’s combat information center (CIC). He covered topics such as the layout of CIC, the communication of information, the...
Dates: June 14, 2013
Scope and Contents The diaries detail Montfort’s pre-war life and his Navy service. Almost every day has a comprehensive entry, with the exception of the missing pages at February 5-9, 1944. Highlights include the aftermath of Pearl Harbor, Montfort getting his ‘warrant letter’ from the Navy, and major Intrepid events such as the commissioning, Crossing the Line, participation in battles, kamikaze and torpedo attacks, damage to the ship, the ship’s arrivals and departures from ports, changes of command, and...