Oral history interview with William A. Sullivan, 1966


Sullivan, William A (Interviewee)
Mason, John T., 1909-1998 (Interviewer)
Oral history interview with William A. Sullivan, 1966
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 salv age 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
Collection Name
Naval history project
Veterans; World War, 1939-1945--Naval operations, American; Salvage; Maritime law; Amphibious warfare; Sullivan, William A; United States. Navy
oral histories
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1,859 pages
Note (Biographical)
Naval officer
Interviewed by John T. Mason, Jr. on July 27, August 10, September 2, September 21, October 2, October 5, October 16, and December 11, 1964; on January 12, June 9, June 29, July 13, July 21, Jul 28, September 15, September 21, September 28, October 5, October 26, November 2, November 16, December 2, December 22, and December 28, 1965; and on December 9, 1966
Note (Provenance)
William A. Sullivan, Gift 1966
Library Location
Columbia Center for Oral History, Columbia University
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