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Oral history interview with William A. Sullivan, 1966

Creator: Sullivan, William A.
Project: Naval history project.
(see all project interviews)
Phys. Desc. :Transcript: 1,859 pages Sound recording: 21 reels
Location: Columbia Center for Oral History
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Biographical Note

Naval officer.

Scope and Contents

Education, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; naval construction; Annapolis; navy yards in United States; Philippines; Shanghai, 1934-37; Trans-Siberian Railroad; Model Basin, Washington Naval Gun Factory; salvage and admiralty law; diving; Merritt, Chapman & Scott; San Diego salvage depot; equipment and personnel, procurement problems; Assistant Naval Attache, London; British World War II salvage operations: training personnel, blocking channels, enemy interference, financial aspects of salvage and marine insurance, rescue tugs; Bureau of Ships, 1941, salvage branch, training personnel; Pearl Harbor: communications problems, Naval districts; cont. salvage off United States and Canadian coasts; clearing Cape Cod Canal; Chief of Navy Salvage, World War II; NORMANDIE fire and sinking; salvage training exercises and school; divers; civilian training; development of equipment; salvage award claims; clearing Casablanca harbor after North African landings; salvage problems in Mediterranean Theater: Bizerte Channel, Ferryville, Tunis; Operation Husky; landings in Sicily, Salerno, Naples; plans for landing at Kwajalein; London, preparations for D-Day; Normandy landings: demolition teams, artificial harbors, mine-sweeping; operations at LeHavre, Marseilles; clearing Manila Harbor; impressions of Admirals Alan Kirk, John Hall, Ernest King, Benjamin Manseau, and Generals Dwight Eisenhower and Douglas MacArthur, and many others.


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Copyright by The Trustees of Columbia University in the City of New York, 1987.

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