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OH196 William L. Derrington Oral History

William L. Derington Oral History

Collection Title: Jackson Purchase Oral History Project – Kentucky Dam Project

Series Number: OH196

Interviewee: Derington, William L.

Interviewer: Rousy, Eric

Date interviewed: December 2, 1995

Processed by: Processed by Benjamin J. Drake in December 2012.

Date processed: December 10, 2012

Description: 1 sound disc (25 minutes)

Abstract: William L. Derington discusses the changes that took place within Marshall County, Kentucky in the years following the construction of Kentucky Dam. He discusses the social and environmental changes of the county in the years after the dam’s completion and the influx of chemical factories and other industry into the region. The interview concludes with his opinions on the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) and labor unions.

Biographical / Historical note: William L. Derington was born in 1947 in Palma, Marshall County, Kentucky. His father, William “Bill” Derinton was a construction worker on the Kentucky Dam during the 1940s. He enlisted in the United States Marines during the Vietnam War in August 1967 and was took part in the Tet Offensive of 1968. After he was discharged he returned to Marshall County. Since 1987, he has been employed by the Facilities Management Department of Murray State University.

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:

Derington, William L., 1947-

Kentucky Dam (Ky.)

Tennessee Valley Authority.

Dams – Kentucky.

Land Between the Lakes (Ky. And Tenn.) – History.

Marshall County (Ky.)

Vietnam War, 1961-1975 – Personal narratives, American.

Tet Offensive, 1968.