Brown, Richard 1998-06-04

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Lubbock, Texas resident Richard Brown discusses his involvement in the Navy during World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War.

General Interview Information

Interviewee Name: Richard Brown

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Date: June 4, 1998

Location: Lubbock, Texas

Interviewer: David Marshall

Length: 1 hour, 30 minutes


Tape 1: Brown, Richard, Born in Corben, Texas on September 3, 1922, Father, Farming, Cotton, Moved to Quanah, Texas at seven years old, School, Activities, United States Navy, Brothers, Quanah, Texas, Farming, Duties, Livestock, High School, Size, Decline in population, Reasons, World War II, United States Navy (again), Entered May 26, 1942, Training, Description, Hospital Corp Training, Description, Assigned to Marine Corp, Training (again), Camp Pendelton, Sailing the South Pacific, Combat with the Japanese, Island hopping, Guadalcanal Island, Guam Island, Marine Raiders, Description, New Georgia Island, Landing on the beach at night, July 5, 1944, Fighting through the jungle, 62 killed and 100 wounded in unit on July 20, 1944, Japanese bombing pontoon plains carrying injured, Combat with the Japanese (continued), Lingering Japanese soldiers on secured islands, New Georgia Island (again), Receiving Silver Star medal, Rescuing a wounded soldier, Shot in shoulder while rescuing , Casualties, United States firepower, Treating wounded soldiers, Landing on enemy held beaches, Thoughts right before landing, Experiences, Guam Island (again), Getting separated from unit, Sent home on leave after Guam was secured, November, 1944, War ended while on leave, Opinions on the atomic bomb attacks on Japan, Retired from the military in March 1963, Called back for duty in 1965 for Vietnam, Retired again in January 1968, Korean War, Thoughts

Tape 2: Korean War (continued), Stationed on a cruiser ship, Patrolled the coast, Provided firepower for six months, Casualties from another ship from water mines, Opinions on tactics and strategies, Vietnam War, Opinions, Called back for duty in 1965 for Vietnam (again), Texas City Disaster, Explosion of a merchant ship, Retired again in January 1968 (again), Remembrances of sea life, Visiting the U.S.S. Constitution in Boston, Massachusetts, Experiences sailing in the Navy , Brothers (again), Involvement in World War II, Five Solomon Brothers story, All died together after their ship sank, Brothers (again), Medals won, Descriptions

Range Dates: 1922-1968

Bulk Dates: 1942-1945

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