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OH138 Jack Belote Oral History

Jack Belote Oral History

Collection Title: Jackson Purchase Oral History Project – World War II

Series Number: OH138

Interviewee: Belote, Jack, 1919-

Interviewer: Watson, John and James, Joe Pat

Date interviewed: December 07, 1981 and unknown date.

Processed by: Processed by Benjamin J. Drake in October 2011

Date processed: October 26, 2011

Description:& 2 sound discs (49 minutes)

Abstract: Jack Belote offers details into his experiences during the Second World War. He spent four and one-half years as a naval training officer in the United States Navy and was part of the Naval Preparatory School at Murray State Teachers College (presently Murray State University). He discusses the various duties assigned to him during the war, such as naval flight guidance instructor and rations officer. He recounts his experiences when Pearl Harbor was attacked and the reaction of his fellow officers. He concludes by describing life in the Jackson Purchase of Kentucky area prior to the war and how it had changed after the war.

Biographical / Historical note: Jack Belote, a native of Mayfield, Kentucky, was a 1941 graduate of Murray State Teachers College with a degree in biology and mathematics. He was drafted into the United States Navy in 1941. During the war he was stationed at St. Louis, Missouri, Jacksonville, Florida, Corpus Christi, Texas and Murray, Kentucky. At Murray, he served as a naval flight guidance instructor for the Naval Preparatory School.

General information: No user access to original recordings. Use audio user copies, digital derivatives, transcripts, and/or tape indexes. This collection may be protected from unauthorized copying by the Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code). Permission for reproduction must be requested from Murray State University.

Subject Headings / Descriptors:

Belote, Jack, 1919-

Soldiers – Kentucky – Mayfield.

World War, 1939-1945 – Personal narratives, American.

Naval Preparatory School – Kentucky – Murray.

Murray State University – History.

Mayfield (Ky.)

Murray (Ky.)

Research Notes: Incomplete transcription