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Kretz, Charles H., Jr. (1910-1986)



Kretz, Charles H., Jr.  (1910-1986)

Captain, Supply Corps, U.S. Navy (Retired)

Based on three interviews conducted by Paul B. Ryan from March 1984 through April 1984. The volume contains 109 pages of interview transcript plus an index. The transcript is copyright 1986 by the U.S. Naval Institute; the interviewee has placed no restrictions on its use.

This oral history varies from most in that Captain Kretz concentrates on one topic: service with the U.S. Asiatic Fleet in the 1930s. From 1936 to 1938 he served first in the gunboat Panay (PR-5), and then in the destroyer Bulmer (DD-222). Among topics covered are the Sino-Japanese War, idiosyncrasies of Chinese life and culture, food, medical care, recreational activities, and the military and civilian leaders in the area.


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