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Karpeles, Dr. Leo M. (1920- )

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Karpeles, Dr. Leo M.

Navy Civilian Physicist

Based on one interview conducted by Paul Stillwell on 30 May 1995.  The volume contains 63 pages of interview transcript plus an index.  The transcript is copyright 1996 by the U.S. Naval Institute; the interviewee has placed no restrictions on its use.

A 1941 graduate of the University of North Carolina, Karpeles that same year became a contract physicist for the Navy's Bureau of Ordnance.  In that capacity he specialized in the degaussing and deperming of ships to provide protection against magnetic mines.  He was also involved in measures against acoustic mines.  He worked initially at the Boston Navy Yard in early 1942, then went to Pearl Harbor in April of that year.  Karpeles continued in that work until 1945, becoming a civil service physicist in 1943.  He was drafted into the Navy as an enlisted man in May 1943 and subsequently served as an electrician's mate in the battleship Alabama (BB-60) until discharged in July 1946.  Subsequently he was a physician, as well as teaching physiology and biophysics at the university level.

 


 
 

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