Interview with Bill Simon, September 26, 2009

Project: American Veterans: World War Two Oral History Project

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Interview Summary

Bill Simon discusses his experiences in World War II, reflecting upon his time in both theaters. He talks about participating in the deadliest convoy mission of the war, the Normandy invasion, a convoy to Italy, traveling to the Pacific, participating in the Battle of Peleliu, and the Philippines Campaign.

He speaks on the his attempts to receive his official discharge, and being shipped off to Hawai'i instead.

Bill also talks about going to the University of Kentucky, and being redrafted in the Korean War and his role in the Navy during his second war. Afterwards, he talks about finishing his degree at U.K. and going to work in the publishing industry in Cincinnati, Ohio.

He also speaks on current events that were topical during the time of the interview, such as the war in Iraq and Afghanistan and nuclear armament, as well as his thoughts on the use of nuclear weapons during World War II.

Interview Accession

2009oh220_ww355

Interviewee Name

Bill Simon

Interviewer Name

Stephen T. Shepard

Interview Date

2009-09-26

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Simon, Bill Interview by Stephen T. Shepard. 26 Sep. 2009. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Simon, B. (2009, September 26). Interview by S. T. Shepard. American Veterans: World War Two Oral History Project. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.

Simon, Bill, interview by Stephen T. Shepard. September 26, 2009, American Veterans: World War Two Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.





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