Interview with Scott Breckinridge, November 1, 1988

Project: American Veterans: World War Two Oral History Project

Interview Summary

Promotion to captain of USS Saucy corvette in 1944-- encounter with high-speed German U-boat-- reaction of crew to D-Day invasion-- duty on weather patrol off Iceland in 1944 and encounter with tremendous storm almost sinking the Saucy-- German submarine activity off Iceland in 1944-- relationship with British officers at Iceland-- loneliness of command-- damage to Saucy caused by tremendous North Atlantic storm-- turning over command of the Saucy-- attending Tactical Radar School in Hollywood Florida-- reassignment to USS Ruchamkin APD-89-- reaction to VE Day-- training the crew of the Ruchamkin-- shake-down cruise of Ruchamkin-- training for kamikaze attacks and apprehension concerning them leading to desire to leave the Navy-- influence of Navy on Breckinridge's life-- snorkles on German U-boats-- evolution of Navy's sub-killing skills ineffectiveness of German radar-- relationship with Icelanders and encounter with German sympathizers-- Flower-class Corvette Association-- relationship with Naval Yard personnel in Iceland-- spouse Helen's activities during the war-- opinion on the use of the atomic bomb on Japan-- Japanese atomic development during the war-- working for the C.I.A. (Central Intelligence Agency) after the war and opinion of the Cold War-- opinion of Douglas MacArthur-- degaussing of the Saucy and encounter with Boston Harbor commander

Interview Accession

1988oh217_ww105

Interviewee Name

Scott Breckinridge

Interviewer Name

William J. Marshall

Interview Date

1988-11-01

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Breckinridge, Scott Interview by William J. Marshall. 01 Nov. 1988. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Breckinridge, S. (1988, November 01). Interview by W. J. Marshall. American Veterans: World War Two Oral History Project. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.

Breckinridge, Scott, interview by William J. Marshall. November 01, 1988, American Veterans: World War Two Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.





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