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Valmon Simpson Interview (2007)

World War II Oral Histories



Genre: Interview

Place Covered: Iwo Jima, Japan, Saipan, Northern Mariana Islands, Okinawa-jima, Japan, Guam

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2007-08-23

Duration: 00:22:14

Subjects: Simpson, Valmon | World War II | Military | Veterans | World War, 1939-1945 -- Personal narratives | United States. Navy | World War, 1939-1945 -- Campaigns -- Pacific Ocean | Roosevelt, Franklin D. (Franklin Delano), 1882-1945 | Kamikaze airplanes


  • Lefebvre, Marian Interviewer
  • Simpson, Valmon Interviewee


An oral history interview conducted on August 23, 2007, with Valmon Simpson, a member of the United States Navy during World War II. He discusses: his naval training; a visit to his base by President Franklin D. Roosevelt; his deployment to the Pacific Theater, including Iwo Jima, Saipan, Okinawa and Guam; seeing the American flag soon after it was raised at Iwo Jima; encounters with a Japanese submarine and kamikaze planes; crossing the equator; transporting women and soldiers from the Philippines and the Marshall Islands back to the United States after the war; and his return home from the war.