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Oral History Interview with Herb Elfering, December 6, 2001

Description: Interview with electrical engineer and Army veteran Herb Elfering, The interview includes Elfering's personal experiences with a searchlight/radar battery, 251st Coast Artillery Regiment, at camp Malekole during the Japanese attack at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. Elfering also gives brief descriptions of his later experiences at Bougainville and Luzon.
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Date: December 6, 2001
Creator: Alexander, William J. & Elfering, Herb
Partner: UNT Oral History Program

Oral History Interview with Richard E. Cole, August 8, 2000

Description: Interview with Army Air Forces veteran Richard E. Cole. The interview includes Cole's personal experiences about being Jimmy Doolittle's co-pilot during the Tokyo Raid on April 8, 1942, pre-war education, flight training, volunteering for a secret mission and meeting Colonel Doolittle, being assigned as Doolittle's co-pilot, mission training, various B-25 missions against Japanese targets in China and Burma, flying supplies over "The Hump." transferring to the states and volunteering for service in Burma with the 1st Air Commandos to support Wingate's Chindits and Merrill's Marauders, and reunions of Doolittle's Raiders the following war.
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Date: August 8, 2001
Creator: Alexander, William J. & Cole, Richard E.
Partner: UNT Oral History Program

Oral History Interview with William J. Bates, February 7, 2001

Description: Interview with Navy veteran William J. Bates. The interview includes Bates' personal experiences about the Pacific Theater during World War II, youth and education, the Navy Aviation Cadet Program, flight training, leaving naval aviation and attending Midshipman's School, being assigned to APc-21, operations off the coast of New Guinea with the VII Amphibious Force, providing escort duty for LCTs during assaults along the coast of New Guinea, the sinking of APc-21 by Japanese planes off New Britain Island, recuperating in New Guinea, returning to the States and being assigned to ATR-22, transferring to fleet tug ARA-182 as commanding officer, having convoy duty in the South Pacific, riding out a typhoon, disposing of Navy equipment after the war, and returning to the States.
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Date: February 7, 2001
Creator: Alexander, William J. & Bates, William J.
Partner: UNT Oral History Program

Oral History Interview with Richard Donley, February 22, 1997

Description: Interview with Navy veteran Richard Donley. The interview includes Donley's personal experiences about the Mediterranean Theater during World War II, boot camp, Fleet Torpedo School, encounters with German "F-lighter" armed barges and E-boats, various assignments, and combat against enemy destroyers. Donley also talks about screening operations for the invasions of Sicily and Salerno, operations along the coasts of northern Italy and southern France and the interdiction of German barge traffic, torpedo problems, commando and intelligence operations, returning to the States, his reassignment to the Motor Torpedo Boats Training Center, and transferring to Samar, Philippines.
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Date: February 22, 1997
Creator: Alexander, William J. & Donley, Richard
Partner: UNT Oral History Program

Oral History Interview with Jean Balch, October 12, 1996

Description: Interview with Navy veteran Jean Balch. The interview includes Balch's personal experiences about the Pacific theater, being a prisoner-of-war of the Japanese during World War II, boot camp, radio, radar, and gunnery school, operations during the Leyte invasion, missions over Luzon, and raids on Japanese installations on Formosa and Saigon, French Indo-China. Additionally, Balch talks about his plane being shot down on a raid to Hong Kong and his capture on January 16, 1945, interrogations and beatings by the Kempei-tai, imprisonment at Ofuna, Honshu, solitary confinement for six months and continued interrogation, beatings by Japanese prison guards, starvation diet, the end of the war and liberation, and his participation in the war crimes trials held by the International Military Tribunal.
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Date: October 12, 1996
Creator: Alexander, William J. & Balch, Jean
Partner: UNT Oral History Program

Oral History Interview with Lanson B. Ditto, October 11, 1996

Description: Interview with Lanson B. Ditto, clothier and Navy veteran. The interview includes Ditto's personal experiences about the Pacific, Atlantic, and Mediterranean Theaters during World War II. Ditto talks about his education, enlistment in the Navy V-7 Program, midshipman training, assignment to the USS Langley, pre-war duty in the Philippines, coming of war and combat around the Philippines and Netherlands East Indies, the sinking of the Langley and his transfer to the USS Pecos, the sinking of the Pecos and his rescue by the USS Whipple, various naval battles and assignments, antisubmarine patrols off the Solomons, various escort duties, and his promotion to captain of the O'Toole.
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Date: October 11, 1996
Creator: Alexander, William J. & Ditto, Lanson B.
Partner: UNT Oral History Program

1941: Texas Goes to War

Description: This book is a collection of essays discussing the role of Texans in World War II. It examines both the Texas soldiers fighting in the European and Pacific theaters as well as the Texans on the Homefront. The essays describe both the military and social aspects of the war. Index starts on page 241.
Date: 1991
Creator: Lee, James Ward; Barnes, Carolyn N.; Bowman, Kent A. & Crow, Laura
Partner: UNT Press

Oral History Interview with Leigh D. Josephson, May 27, 1986

Description: Interview with executive of Caltex Petroluem Corporation, Leigh D. Josephson, including his personal experiences related to employment with Standard Oil of California, his assignment to Bahrain and transfer to Caltex, the construction of Ras Tanura refinery in Saudi Arabia, and the bombing of the Bapco refinery in Bahrain. Josephson also talks about refinery operations in Bahrain during and after World War II, his various positions and responsibilities with Caltex and Bapco, work in Bahrain and the Philippines, his personal relationship with the Bahraini royal family, and the OPEC and Arab oil embargoes in 1967.
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Date: May 27, 1989
Creator: Marcello, Ronald E. & Josephson, Leigh D.
Partner: UNT Oral History Program

Consumer rationing in World War Two

Description: An overview of rationing, ration points, ration books, and ration coupons as instituted in the United States during World War II. Includes examples of ration points and stamps.
Date: 1979
Creator: Massmann, Robert E.
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

Oral History Interview with Vernon Fuller, July 3, 1974

Description: Interview with Navy veteran Vernon Fuller. The interview includes Fuller's personal experiences while aboard the repair ship USS Argonne during the Japanese attack at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941.
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Date: July 3, 1974
Creator: Marcello, Ronald E. & Fuller, Vernon
Partner: UNT Oral History Program

Army ground forces light aviation.

Description: "This manual is a guide for the military personnel of Army Ground Forces units who are concerned with organic light aviation. It describes the training, tactical employment, administration, maintenance, and supply of Army Ground Forces light aviation" (p. 1). The index begins on page 171.
Date: September 1947
Creator: United States. War Department.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Service of the piece, twin 40-MM gun motor carriage M19.

Description: Describes platoon organization, duties, drills, and operation of the equipment required to serve the twin 40-mm gun motor carriage M19.
Date: September 1947
Creator: United States. War Department.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Service of the piece, 8-inch gun M1 and 240-MM howitzer M1.

Description: "This manual prescribes the duties to be performed in the service of the piece [8-inch gun M1 and 240-mm howitzer M1] by the personnel normally assigned to one howitzer of gun section of the firing battery and by other firing battery personnel." Covers both the 8-inch gun M1 and the 240-mm howitzer M1. Prescribes duties to be performed in the service of both pieces of artillery.
Date: February 1946
Creator: United States. War Department.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Service of the piece, 155-MM gun M2, truck-drawn and tractor-drawn.

Description: "This manual prescribes the duties to be performed in the service of the piece [155-mm gun M2] by the personnel normally assigned to one gun section of a firing battery."
Date: January 1946
Creator: United States. War Department.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Military transportation service in theaters of operations.

Description: A training guide describing "the mission, functions, policies, organization, and operation of the military transportation service in theaters of operations. "
Date: December 1945
Creator: United States. War Department.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Quartermaster depot company, supply.

Description: Discusses the mission of the quartermaster depot company, supply, and how it is organized and operated.
Date: October 1945
Creator: United States. War Department.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Domestic disturbances

Description: "This manual presents the principles for the employment of troops during domestic disturbances and the essential substances of the more important laws relating to the employment of military forces in the aid of civil authorities with the applicable War Department policies"
Date: July 30, 1945
Creator: United States. War Department.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

What are we aiming at? : a forest conservation program.

Description: Describes the need for a postwar program to increase timber production. Discusses the need for regulated conservation practices, incentives for responsible private forest management, and an increase in public forest land area.
Date: July 1945
Creator: United States. Dept. of Agriculture.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Signal heavy construction battalion.

Description: Provides "information concerning the organization, operation, and capabilities of the signal heavy construction battalion to signal and communication officers and enlisted men of these battalions, and to all other interested personnel."
Date: June 1945
Creator: United States. War Department.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Photomail operation.

Description: Describes procedures for signal photomail (microfilmed mail) service operations. Includes instructions for handling V-mail (personal correspondence) as well as official War Department photomail.
Date: April 1945
Creator: United States. War Department.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Supply, evacuation, and trains, armored units.

Description: An Army field manual "designed as a supply and evacuation guide for armored units.... Covers supply of armored units, evacuation of personnel, prisoners of war, vehicles, and salvage; rail and water transportation and trains in theater of operations."
Date: April 1945
Creator: United States. War Department.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Transportation of the sick and wounded.

Description: This guide is "published for the information and guidance of all concerned" (p. ii) about the proper protocol of transporting sick and wounded war victims. According to the Foreward, "It includes a description of the common methods and means of transporting patients on land, sea, and in the air, and is appropriately illustrated" (p. iii); the descriptions include manual, motor ambulance, rail, water, and air transportation.
Date: February 1945
Creator: United States. War Department.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Aircraft engines.

Description: Discusses the principles, classification, description, and construction of internal combustion engines used in military aircraft. Includes instructions for storage of engines.
Date: January 1945
Creator: United States. War Department.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Military police in towns and cities

Description: "This manual is designed to furnish a guide for officers and enlisted men assigned the mission of patrolling civil communities, and is limited to those principles and techniques which they must know and apply.
Date: January 1945
Creator: United States. War Department.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department