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Document Details


Title: Arvil Steel
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: After Arvil Steele completed the ninth grade, he quit school and joined the U.S. Army. By Christmas 1940, he found himself stationed far from home in Iba, Philippines. Mr. Steele’s first year in the South Pacific passed peacefully; but, on December 7, 1941, the peace was shattered. On that fateful day, Arvil was dining in the mess hall when, Someone hollered, The planes are coming! He ran outside and looked up to see about a hundred planes. “They were silver in this pretty blue sky,” Arvil recalls. “That was the prettiest sight you’d ever seen . . .until you saw those bomb bay doors open. The Japanese attacked the Philippines just hours after Pearl Harbor. I knew—and they should have known—that war was coming, Mr. Steele reflects.
Original Language: English
Audio: [Audio available]
Speaker: Steel, Arvil
Speaker gender: Male
Speaker race: White
Speaker occupation: Military personnel
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: OHI0029672-32914