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Oral history interview with William A. Read, 1964

Creator: Read, William A.
Project: Naval history project.
(see all project interviews)
Phys. Desc. :Transcript: 739 pages
Location: Columbia Center for Oral History
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Biographical Note

Naval officer, investment banker

Scope and Contents

Harvard, National Guard Service; naval aviation; World War I, Pensacola; banking career, Dillon, Read; Hanover Bank; Naval Reserve from 1939; special assistant to Admiral John Towers, 1942; experiences with fast carrier task forces as staff officer to Admiral Marc Mitscher: logistics, morale, air-sea rescue, buildup; death of Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto; operations in New Caledonia, Gilberts, Marshalls, Marianas, Saipan, Philippines, Formosa, Leyte Gulf; plans for Iwo Jima, Okinawa; kamikaze attacks; postwar naval activities; impressions of Admiral Ernest King.


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