Interview with James Gilbert Edwards, December 1, 1987

Project: American Veterans: World War Two Oral History Project

Interview Summary

served in the Navy as a Gunner's Mate 2nd Class on the USS New Orleans-- saw action at Pearl Harbor and thirteen major battles in the Pacific; describes Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor - enemy airplanes approaching Hickam Field-- preparing guns for firing-- straffing attacks by the Japanese-- firing at enemy dive bombers-- destruction on battleship row - watching the USS Oklahoma roll over; describes several naval engagements in the Pacific - fighting in the Slot (Solomon Islands) - firing on a Japanese ship-- torpedo attack by Japanese-- aftermath of battle (destruction aboard ship-- diving for human remains); talks about Saipan - firing support rounds for the Marines-- witnessing mass sucides of civilians; talks about the Battle of Coral Sea - rescuing survivors off the aircraft carrier USS Lexington; mentions action in the Gilbert Islands-- and Battle of Philippine Sea; talks about V-J Day celebration at Pearl Harbor

Interview Accession

1987oh211_ww097

Interviewee Name

James Gilbert Edwards

Interviewer Name

Arthur L. Kelly

Interview Date

1987-12-01

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Edwards, James Gilbert Interview by Arthur L. Kelly. 01 Dec. 1987. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Edwards, J.G. (1987, December 01). Interview by A. L. Kelly. American Veterans: World War Two Oral History Project. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.

Edwards, James Gilbert, interview by Arthur L. Kelly. December 01, 1987, American Veterans: World War Two Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.





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