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Olsen, Clarence E. (1899-1971)

Rear Admiral, U.S. Navy (Retired)


Based on a single interview conducted by John T. Mason, Jr., in June 1970. The volume contains 53 pages of interview transcript plus an index. The transcript is copyright 1972 by the U.S. Naval Institute; the interviewee has placed no restrictions on its use.


Covers his service from 1942 to 1945. In 1942 served at Headquarters, Commander in Chief, U.S. Fleet, Washington, D.C., where one duty was making a study of the Northern Passage from Japan, around northern Russia to Murmansk to see what prospects of developing it might be. Was then assigned as Chief of the Naval Division of the U.S. Military Mission to USSR. Handled naval activities in Soviet ports in connection with Lend-Lease shipments; established a complete exchange of weather information between USSR and US; made arrangements for American delegation at the Yalta Conference. Worked closely with Ambassador Averell Harriman.


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