Oral history interview with Gerald L. Cronan, 2003 May 14
Cronan describes his boot camp experiences and his initial assignment to shore duty patrolling the beach at Nags Head, N.C. during World War II. He details his training in preparation for serving on an LST (Landing Ship Tank), his assignment to LST-762, a newly-commissioned ship built in Pittsburg, and its journey down the Mississippi River, through the Panama Canal, to San Diego picking up troops, on to Pearl Harbor and finally unloading in the Philippines at Leyte. He recalls other assignments transporting supplies and troops to various places in the Pacific and the participation of his ship in the invasion of Okinawa.
- 2003 May 14
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Biographical / Historical
A World War II veteran, Cronan was born in Redding, Penn. and enlisted in the Coast Guard at the age of 17 in 1942 and served until 1945.
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- Belt, Barbara A. (Interviewer)
- Cronan, Gerald L., 1925- (Interviewee)
- LST-762 (Ship)
- Landing craft -- History -- World War, 1939-1945
- Leyte Gulf, Battle of, Philippines, 1944
- Oral histories
- United States. Coast Guard
- Veterans -- Douglas County (Colo.) -- Interviews
- Veterans -- United States -- Interviews
- World War, 1939-1945
- World War, 1939-1945 -- Amphibious operations
- World War, 1939-1945 -- Campaigns -- Japan -- Okinawa Island
- World War, 1939-1945 -- Campaigns -- Pacific Area
- World War, 1939-1945 -- Campaigns -- Philippines
- World War, 1939-1945 -- Personal narratives, American
- World War, 1939-1945 -- Veterans -- United States