Collection Title: Jackson Purchase Oral History Project
Series Number: OH014
Interviewee: Harry Hammond
Interviewer: John Watson
Date interviewed: June 21, 1983
Processed by: Sheree Wise
Date processed: January 25, 2010
Description: 1 sound disc (1 hour, 46 minutes)
Abstract: Harry Hammond offers details to his wartime experiences during the First World War. He explains enlisting in the United States Navy during World War I and expresses his feelings about the war. He discussed his trips overseas, including stories about the different naval ships and the problems the navy had with submarine attacks. He defines his views about President Woodrow Wilson and his contact with civilians from other countries. Hammonds also talks about his military discharge and what he did when he returned from France.
Biographical / Historical note: Harry Hammonds resided in Paducah, Kentucky when he enlisted in the Navy in 1917 at the age of twenty-one. He was initially sent to the Great Lakes Naval Training Station in Illinois for basic training. Hammond's began as a fireman third class but by the time he finished basic training he was promoted to first class. When basic training concluded he was ordered to Hampton Roads, Virginia, where he boarded the battleship U.S.S. Iowa. Hammonds was then transferred to Norfolk, where he helped load mines on other ships. After returning to Hampton Roads he was put onboard the ship U.S.S. Cacique headed to Europe. He landed in Marseilles, France after the armistice was signed.
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Subject Headings / Descriptors:
Great Lakes Naval Training Station,
Hampton Roads, Virginia
Research Notes: Abstract and complete transcription included with oral history.