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Transcript and audio of oral history interview, Hanahan, S.C., 2012 March 17. Interviewed by Courtney Proffitt, Graduate Student, Citadel History Department. Transcript 33 p., 1 CD 01:47:31.

Wilson Thrower was born in Charlotte, North Carolina in 1922. He worked as an electrician at the Charleston Navy Yard before being drafted in 1943 and entering the Navy as a Apprentice Seaman on the USS Jenks. After demonstrating his knowledge of the destroyer escort's communications system, Thrower became an Electrician, Third Class. Thrower recounts the capture of the German U-505, which proved vital to Allied code breaking operations. For serving in the submarine task force that captured a German U-boat, Thrower received a Presidential Unit Citation. After the war, he served in law enforcement and ran a series of businesses.


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