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Roger Shaw returned to the SS after his leave in New Orleans, Louisiana. The was his original ship. It voyaged to...
Roger Shaw was born in New Orleans in 1921. He grew up and was educated in New Orleans. After graduating high school,...
When David Yoho went through boot camp, it was great except for his troubled background. He kept getting into trouble...
David Yoho was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in August 1928 and grew up in the inner city. He had two sisters....
Roger Shaw boarded another ship after his assignment as captain of the army transport. The ship had a radio operator...
Roger Shaw wanted to ship out on a vessel that traversed the Mississippi River frequently. This would better enable him...
David Yoho had his first voyage on a tanker shakedown trip to Halifax, Nova Scotia. After the shakedown, the ship went...
Roger Shaw made a big mistake in his first opportunity as a ship’s captain. He was assigned to an army transport and...
As a 13 year old, David Yoho did not have friends of draft age. He did keep company with older boys and took on a tough...
Roger Shaw arrived in Bahia, Brazil aboard the SS . He had met some associates previously in Bahia, but he discovered...
David Yoho remembers the huge fleet off Okinawa and the explosion of an ammunition ship. It had been attacked by a...
Roger Shaw decided to be a doctor after his service because he wanted more education. He quickly finished his...
Roger Shaw was changed by World War 2. The war changed the world. Shaw had never been on a boat before, and that was a...
David Yoho was on a fleet oiler in World War 2. The ship took on fuel sometimes from a fuel barge in order to refuel...
Roger Shaw returned to the United States by way of Northern Ireland. The SS sailed alone before reaching Ireland. Shaw’...
Roger Shaw was 22 years old when he returned to the United States. When he got back to the United States, he went up...
Woods and the interviewer discuss the format for the interview.Edward Thomas Woods was born in 1927 in Manhattan, New...
Ralph Crump [Annotators Note: For the first 22:26 of this interview the interviewer and interviewee chat about family...
Crump got to Panteloria and was alongside the dock. All of the German prisoners of war did the work. They were younger...
Within hours any ship passing the destroyer escorts loaded with prisoners would receive prisoners from those destroyer...
One of Crump’s friends was on watch on a ship that was torpedoed. Crump’s convoy had about 35 percent casualties. The...
Crump was lucky making the transition from military to civilian life. He had worked in the shipyards prior to military...
Woods did well in school. He could have gone on to any of the advanced training schools but he volunteered to go out as...
Crump was only aware that the Depression was a tragedy. Times were hard. Crump’s dad was unemployed half of the time....
When Woods would go into Times Square young servicemen would give them trouble about why they weren't in the service....
All of the Catholic school teachers were nuns. They were not married. High school teachers in Iowa were required to be...
Of all the ports Woods visited he liked Panama the best because it was like being back at home. There was a good...
Crump had enrolled as a draftsman in the local aircraft plant but in the meantime several of the shipyards had posted...
Woods was a wiper in the engine room. There were 15 wipers aboard large ships. The wipers reported to the 1st Mate....
Crumps dad was making 90 cents an hour. A dime was a big difference in those days. Gasoline was 10 cents a gallon and a...
Woods was upset after the war because he wasn't given the benefits of the G.I. Bill. A friend of his his who had been...
Crump stayed in the shipyard for the better part of a year. They had launched about 14 ships. The launching details had...
Crump came back after the war to visit some of his buddies. He got there the very day they were floating the ship. They...
Crump was able to get a gold crown in his teeth and was able to join. This was in late 1943. Crump was told then that...
Crump and the Chief Engineer had done some work when the seas were calm. The Chief Engineer felt that there was a...
Roger Shaw was assigned to the [Annotator’s Note: SS ] on the Industrial Canal while it was still being completed by...

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