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Reverend Clarence B. Wiley Interview (2007)

World War II Oral Histories



Genre: Interview

Place Covered: Philippines

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2007-09-06

Duration: 00:26:50

Subjects: Wiley, Clarence B. | World War II | Military | Veterans | United States. Navy | World War, 1939-1945 -- Personal narratives | World War, 1939-1945 -- Campaigns -- Pacific Ocean | World War, 1939-1945 -- Campaigns -- Philippines | Leyte Gulf, Battle of, Philippines, 1944 | Kamikaze airplanes


  • Wiley, Clarence B. Interviewee
  • Lefebvre, Marian Interviewer


An oral history interview conducted on September 6, 2007, with Reverend Clarence B. Wiley, an electrician in the United States Navy stationed on the USS LSM-34 during World War II. He discusses: his deployment to the Pacific; his ship’s role in transporting troops and equipment for 17 major invasions in the Philippines; the day (December 5, 1944) that his ship was attacked by multiple kamikaze planes; the wound he sustained during the attack; transporting liberated American prisoners of war from Bataan; his long journey home; visiting a restored LSM boat during a reunion; and his life after the war.