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Transcript and audio of oral history interview, Charleston, S.C., 2012 March 19. Interviewed by Luke Yoder, Graduate Student, Citadel History Department. Transcript 24 p., 1 CD 30:06, 31:21

Herman Stramm was born 8 June 1927 in Charleston, South Carolina. Stramm discusses his experiences in the Navy during World War II. He attended signalman school in Bainbridge, Maryland before being assigned to the USS Dale, DD353 at Pearl Harbor. On board, the sailor had limited access to information, according to Stramm. He expresses deep pride in having be part of the flotilla that escorted the USS Missouri into Tokyo Bay for the Japanese surrender. Stramm's last station was at Fort Pierce, Florida where he helped the underwater demolition team before he was discharged to the Charleston Navy Yard. He returned home and attended The Citadel for a brief period. After his military service, he worked at the United States Post Office and at the airport in Atlanta, Georgia for fifteen years before retiring in 1990, a few months after Hurricane Hugo.


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