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John "Buck" Newsom received an appointment to the Naval Academy after one year at Duke University. He graduated in February 1941 and was sent to the Pacific Fleet. He first served on the USS Hopkins DMS-13, for 2 1/2 years. He was the Chief Engineer and later the Gun Boss. During WWII, he was at numerous locations in the Pacific. He retired from the Navy just before the start of the Vietnam War. He was interviewed by Deborah Pye on May 23, 2007. Newsom was born in Durham, North Carolina in 1919. After his military career, he worked for Centron Films in Lawrence, Kansas, and as a professor of Naval Science at Kansas University. The 2005 Kansas Legislature passed a bill funding the WWII Veterans Oral History grant program. This transcript is from one of the community institutions receiving grants. The transcript of the interview is presented here; the original video copy of the interview is available through the Watkins Community Museum of History (Lawrence) and through the Kansas State Historical Society.

Creator: Newsom, John "Buck"
Date: May 23, 2007

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Item Number: 218569
Call Number: World War II Oral Histories Project
KSHS Identifier: DaRT ID: 218569

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