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Collection Details


Collection Name: Destroyer Escort Sailors Association Oral History Project
Repository Name: Monmouth University. Guggenheim Memorial Library. Archives & Special Collections [Repository Details]
Repository Location: West Long Branch, New Jersey, United States
URL: http://library.monmouth.edu/spcol/DESA/Interviews/index.htm
Material Formats: [25 documents with text]
Dates Spanned: 2001-2002
Description: In the fall of 2001 Professor Susan Douglass met with James Mitchell and John Acer, members of the executive board of the Destroyer Escort Sailors Association- Garden State Chapter (DESA-GSC) to start planning for an oral history project recording the WW II experiences of this important branch of the US Navy. It was developed in WWII to improve the navy's ability to repel the threat of German U-boats to Lend Lease aid to Great Britain. The significant attributes of these ships were that they could be built quickly, cheaply, and had the capability to track down German subs. They saw action in the Atlantic and Pacific theatres of war. Dr. Martin Davis, editor of Destroyer Escorts of World War II, notes the DE's were credited with sinking 28 Nazi submarines, 30 Japanese submarines, surviving damage by Kamikazes as well as helping rescue survivors of the USS Indianapolis. Many of these ships were built in shipyards in New Jersey.
Estimated Total of Interviews: 30
Interviews: [30 interview(s) listed in this collection]
Broad Subjects: Military; Wars and Conflicts
ASP Subjects: Atlantic Ocean; Destroyer escorts; Destroyers (Warships); Kamikaze airplanes; Naval art and science; New Jersey; Oral history; Pacific Ocean; Submarines (Ships)--Germany; U.S. Navy; United States; United States--Armed Forces; United States--Military history; World War II, 1939-1945; World War, 1939-1945--Veterans
Collection Code: OHC0002907