Erwin, Louis (Interview outline and video), 2016

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Erwin, Louis (Interview outline and video), 2016

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Description

Louis Kayo Erwin Sr. was born in Dayton, Tennessee, on March 1, 1925. He grew up in Dayton then on a farm in Big Spring, Tennessee. When he was 16 he moved to Chattanooga, Tennessee, and enlisted in the Navy when he was 17 years old. He enlisted on December 20, 1942, and on December 26 he shipped out for basic training in San Diego. Louis initially received orders for the aircraft carrier USS Bunker Hill. He stayed on the Bunker Hill until summer 1943 when he joined the USS Indianapolis. He saw action at Tarawa, Saipan, Tinian, Guam, and Iwo Jima. In March 1945 the Indianapolis was struck by a kamikaze forcing them to return to the US for repairs. In July 1945 they received orders for a secret mission. On July 16, 1945, the atomic bomb components were loaded onto the USS Indianapolis at Hunters Point Naval Shipyard and they delivered the components on July 26, 1945 at Tinian. On July 30, the I-58 torpedoed and sank the USS Indianapolis. Louis and the other survivors had to endure exposure, shark attacks, and saltwater poisoning. On August 2 a seaplane spotted the survivors and they were rescued. Louis and only 316 other crewmen survived. After recovering on Peleliu and Guam he returned to the United States. He briefly served at Naval Amphibious Base Coronado before being discharged in late 1945.

Coverage

2016-09-10

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Publisher

Grand Valley State University. University Libraries. Special Collections & University Archives

Contributor

Hammond, Steve (Interviewer)

Relation

Veterans History Project (U.S.)

Identifier

ErwinL1950V

Format

mp4
pdf

Type

Moving Image
Text

Date

2017-11-21

Citation

Erwin, Louis, “Erwin, Louis (Interview outline and video), 2016,” Digital Collections, accessed January 20, 2018, https://digitalcollections.library.gvsu.edu/document/39506.
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