Oral History Interview with John J. Clemens, May 13, 2003

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Interview with John J. Clemens. The interview includes Clemens' personal experiences about childhood and early adulthood in Houston, Texas, World War II-era service in the U.S. Navy, serving aboard USS Wren in the Pacific Theater, and piloting a ship into Tokyo Bay immediately following the Japanese surrender. Clemens speaks about convoy missions across the Atlantic Ocean, the January 4, 1944 sinking of the USS Turner while moored in New York Harbor and the court of inquiry regarding the sinking, actions in the Aleutian Islands, Attu, Okinawa, and Philippine campaigns and anti-kamikaze warfare while aboard the USS Wren, and the effects that Allied bombing had on Tokyo.

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Creation Date: May 13, 2003
Partner(s):
UNT Oral History Program
Collection(s):
UNT Oral Histories
Texas Oral History Collection
World War Two Collection
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Publisher Info:
Publisher Name: University of North Texas
Place of Publication: Denton, Texas
Date(s):
  • Creation: May 13, 2003
Coverage:
Place
United States - Texas
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United States - Texas - Harris County - Houston
Place
United States - New York
Place
United States - Alaska - Aleutians West National Division - Aleutian Islands Island Group
Place
United States - Alaska - Aleutians West National Division - Aleutian Islands Island Group - Near Islands Island Group - Attu Island
Place
Japan - Okinawa Region - Okinawa Prefecture - Okinawa-shotō Island Group - Okinawa-jima Island - Okinawa
Place
Philippines
Era
Into Modern Times, 1939-Present
From 1921 to May 2003
Description:

Interview with John J. Clemens. The interview includes Clemens' personal experiences about childhood and early adulthood in Houston, Texas, World War II-era service in the U.S. Navy, serving aboard USS Wren in the Pacific Theater, and piloting a ship into Tokyo Bay immediately following the Japanese surrender. Clemens speaks about convoy missions across the Atlantic Ocean, the January 4, 1944 sinking of the USS Turner while moored in New York Harbor and the court of inquiry regarding the sinking, actions in the Aleutian Islands, Attu, Okinawa, and Philippine campaigns and anti-kamikaze warfare while aboard the USS Wren, and the effects that Allied bombing had on Tokyo.

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84 p. ; 28 cm.

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Keyword(s): oral histories | biographies | interviews
Series Title: National Museum of the Pacific War
Partner:
UNT Oral History Program
Collection:
UNT Oral Histories
Collection:
Texas Oral History Collection
Collection:
World War Two Collection
Identifier:
  • LOCAL-CONT-NO: Number 1572
  • ARK: ark:/67531/metadc306951
Resource Type: Book
Format: Text
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Access: Use restricted to UNT Community
Statement: All rights reserved. To request a copy, contact the Oral History Program.