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Document Details


Title: Clayton Lee
Document type: Oral history
Accessibility: Free Only
Repository: Rice University. Center for Technology in Teaching and Learning
Collection: Heights Remembers World War II Oral History Project
Description: When the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor, Mr. Clayton Lee was playing trombone with the Elks’ Club band. That day, Mr. Lee stopped playing and went to work. He closed the family plumbing business that he had taken over at age nineteen and went to work for the Houston Shipbuilding Company. On the docks of the Houston ship channel, Mr. Lee helped build 123 Liberty Ships, which carried ammunition and supplies overseas. He recalls the first ship he helped build, the Sam Houston. It didn’t even get out of the Gulf of Mexico before the Germans sunk it, Mr. Lee remarks.
Original Language: English
Audio: [Audio available]
Speaker: Lee, Clayton
Speaker gender: Male
Speaker race: White
Speaker occupation: Military personnel; Plumber; Shipyard employee
Document date: Undated
Historical events discussed: World War II, 1939-1945
Locations discussed: Asia; Europe; Japan; North America; United States
Topics discussed - ASP terms: Asia; Europe; History; Japan; Local history; North America; Oral history; Soldiers; United States; Veterans; World War II, 1939-1945; World War, 1939-1945--War work; World War, 1939-1945--Women
ASP release: 2005-06
Document code: OHI0029666-32908