Interview with LeRoy Gore


Interview with LeRoy Gore about his career in the Merchant Marines during World War II. He discusses growing up in Independence, MO, going to bootcamp in Florida, and then shipping out to Africa and Europe on the liberty ship George Taylor (and later John Hathorn), from which they transported aircrafts, munitions, and other supplies to ports throughout the Mediterranean. He discusses aspects of the ships and cargo, attacks from submarine torpedos and airplanes, visiting Naples and Pompeii while in port, and bringing German and Italian prisoners of war back to the United States, with some going to Camp Clark in Nevada, MO. Gore also discusses leaving the Merchant Marines in 1944, meeting his wife, his later work at Standard Oil and DIT-MCO, and his family.

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This project was funded in part by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act as administered by the Missouri State Library.
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Veteran's Oral History Project, VHP-8MM-003

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