Partial Transcript: Ok, I'm Col. Arthur L. Kelly. It's September the 3rd, 1987.
Synopsis: Col. Arthur Kelly introduces World War II Veteran James E. Wilson, who served as a crew member of PT 349 in the South Pacific.
Keywords: New Britain;New Guinea;Philippines;PT Boats 349;Southwest Pacific
Partial Transcript: Well our first mission, we were in the process of relieving Squadron 21.
Synopsis: James Wilson describes his first mission in New Britain. He also gives his thoughts and feelings while being trapped by the Japanese and on his first mission.
Keywords: New Britain(New Guinea);New Guinea Campaign
Subjects: New Britain Island (Papua New Guinea).
Partial Transcript: There was an incident where you were involved with capturing some prisoners. Could you tell us about that?
Synopsis: James Wilson tells about capturing Japanese prisoners in New Guinea.
Keywords: Cape Sansapor;capturing prisoners;New Guinea;Prisoners of War (POW);surrender
Subjects: Japan.;New Guinea.;Prisoners of war.
Partial Transcript: Can you kind of describe an instance where you sank a ship and there were survivors in the water?
Synopsis: He describes the strategies used to sink enemy ships and attack the men. He also talks about how many boats from their squadron were lost as well.
Keywords: barges;boat attacks;Ships
Partial Transcript: Can you give me the most frightening experience you had?
Synopsis: He tells of his most frightening experience in the war as his squadron was trying to establish another base. He also describes what the Kamikaze attacks were like.
Keywords: Kamikaze attacks;Leyte Gulf;personal reflections;Philippines
Subjects: Kamikaze pilots.;Philippines.
Partial Transcript: As you go up the side of that ship now, and its chaos, right?
Synopsis: James Wilson continues to talks about being attacked by the Japanese in more detail. He describes the chaos and disorder in helping to save fellow soldiers.
Keywords: enemy attacks;Japanese Imperial Army
Subjects: Japan.;Torpedo boats.
Partial Transcript: As you were moving over there can you describe the conditions of what you saw?
Synopsis: He explains moving to the bay after the Japanese attacks, the soldiers that were wounded and their reactions. He also talks about his feeling towards the Japanese after the attack.
Keywords: bomb attacks;Japanese people;war injuries
Subjects: Japan.;War wounds.