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Oral history interview with James Fife, 1962

Creator: Fife, James, 1897-1975
Project: Naval history project.
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Phys. Desc. :Transcript: 617 pages
Location: Columbia Center for Oral History
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Biographical Note

Naval officer.

Scope and Contents

Background and education, Naval Academy; convoy duty, World War I; submarine school, 1918; Yangtze River patrol; fleet problems and training; merchant marine inspections; Director, Submarine School, New London, 1938-40; submarine observer in England, 1940; London Blitz, Portsmouth and Coventry damage; Mediterranean mission, submarine patrol; impressions of General Archibald Wavell, Colonel William Donovan, Anthony Eden, Sir John Dill; General Board, Washington, 1941; Pearl Harbor; Philippines, Admiral Thomas Hart, Corregidor; submarine operations, Australia and South Pacific; Battle of Java Sea; General Douglas MacArthur; Task Force 42; Solomons campaign; impressions of Admirals William Leahy, Chester Nimitz, Alan Kirk, Arthur Hepburn, Ernest King, Robert Ghormley, Arthur Carpender, Thomas Kinkaid, Charles Lockwood, and Fairfax Leary.


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Copyright by The Trustees of Columbia University in the City of New York, 1971.

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