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Document Details


Title: Donald Patrick Finn
Local code: AFC/2001/001/1765
Document type: Oral history
Accessibility: Free Only
Repository: American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress
Collection: Veterans History Project
Description: By the end of World War II, Donald Patrick Finn, who served in the Navy in the Pacific Theater, could say he nearly saw it all. He was stationed in Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. He would serve as an aviation machinist and a gunner in Australia, Bali, the Dutch East Indies, and in the Aleutian Islands. He kept a diary and wrote letters to his sister in which he recorded detailed descriptions of his travels as well as pointed comments about military life, his comrades, and servicemen from other countries.
Original Language: English
Video: [Video available]
Speaker: Finn, Donald Patrick, 1915-
Speaker gender: Male
Speaker date of birth: 1915
Speaker place of birth: Saskatchewan; Canada; North America
Speaker race: White
Speaker occupation: Military personnel
Document date: Undated
Interviewer: Messina, Maureen A.
Organizations discussed: U.S. Navy
Historical events discussed: Bombing of Pearl Harbor, December 7, 1941; World War II, 1939-1945
Locations discussed: Alaska; Aleutian Islands, AK; Asia; Australia; Bali, Indonesia; Indonesia; North America; Oceania; United States
Topics discussed - ASP terms: Alaska; Aleutian Islands, AK; Asia; Australia; Bali, Indonesia; Bombing of Pearl Harbor, December 7, 1941; Indonesia; North America; Oceania; Oral history; U.S. Navy; United States; United States--Armed Forces; World War II, 1939-1945; World War, 1939-1945--Campaigns; World War, 1939-1945--Veterans
ASP release: 2005-06
Document code: OHI0025840-27767