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Document Details


Title: Reminiscences of William Augustus Read, Jr.
RLIN number: NXCP87-A109
Document type: Oral history
Accessibility: Free Only
Repository: Columbia University. Oral History Research Office
Collection: Naval History Project
Description: Harvard, National Guard Service; naval aviation; World War I, Pensacola; banking career, Dillon, Read; Hanover Bank; Naval Reserve from 1939; special assistant to Admiral John Towers, 1942; experiences with fast carrier task forces as staff officer to Admiral Marc Mitscher: logistics, morale, air-sea rescue, buildup; death of Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto; operations in New Caledonia, Gilberts, Marshalls, Marianas, Saipan, Philippines, Formosa, Leyte Gulf; plans for Iwo Jima, Okinawa; kamikaze attacks; postwar naval activities; impressions of Admiral Ernest King.
Extent: Transcript: 739 leaves
Restrictions: Access: Written permission required from Duncan H. Read. Permission required to cite, quote, and reproduce. Contact repository for information.
Original Language: English
Time span: Not indicated ... to 1964 (Year of interview)
Speaker: Read, William Augustus, 1895-1976
Speaker gender: Male
Speaker date of birth: 1895
Speaker occupation: Investment banker; Naval officer
Age at speaking: 69
Document date: 1964
Interviewer: Mason, John T., 1909-
Organizations discussed: U.S. Navy
Historical events discussed: World War II, 1939-1945
Locations discussed: North America; United States
Topics discussed - ASP terms: Aeronautics, Military; Air pilots; Bankers; Investment banking; North America; U.S. Navy; United States; Veterans; World War II, 1939-1945
Topics discussed - Other terms: Read, William Augustus, 1895-1976; United States--Navy--Aviation; World War, 1939-1945--Naval operations, American
ASP release: 2005-06
Document code: OHI0016927-12370