World War II, December 1941–September 1945
Subject Source: Time Periods (Local)
Found in 17 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 on...
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 as...
Scope and Contents Calendar; two typed sheets with some handwritten notes on front and back of the first page. Mr. Sheperson had copied down his calendar before he left the Intrepid. The calendar is a diary of sorts that details the major events that happened on board Intrepid March-September 1945.
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...
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, and...
Scope and Contents The Maurice Dubinsky Correspondence contain 4 digitized letters; The letters are between Maruice Dubinsky and his then girlfriend, future wife, Harriet Rosenfeld. They discuss everyday matters and plans for the future, as well as the days leading up to and just after the end of the war.
Overview 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 Line...
Scope and Contents Diary; During his time on Intrepid, Ray Stone kept a diary, which he later used as the basis for his memoir, My Ship! The USS Intrepid (2004). The diary lists major dates and events aboard Intrepid during World War II, including commissioning, kamikaze attacks, ports of call, and other involvements in the Pacific Theater.