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Veth, Kenneth L. (1911-1988)

Rear Admiral, U.S. Navy (Retired)


Based on seven interviews conducted by Etta-Belle Kitchen in July 1977 and August 1977. The volume contains 427 pages of interview transcript plus an index and appendices. The transcript is copyright 1980 by the U.S. Naval Institute; the interviewee has placed no restrictions on its use.


Admiral Veth's naval career, almost from the outset, has been concentrated on mine warfare. After being graduated from the Naval Academy in 1935 and tours in the Pennsylvania and Phoenix, he transferred to the minelayer Ramsey, serving as mining officer. In 1941-1942, he served as assistant naval attache in London. There he learned of the great British advances in mine warfare and reported them to U.S. authorities. Other events he relates were when he served on the staff of Admiral Lord Louis Mountbatten, RN, in Southeast Asia (1943-1945); when he concentrated on mine warfare in the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations (1945-1947); and again in 1967-1968 when he served as Commander, U.S. Naval Forces, Vietnam. The appendices contain a number of his reports on aircraft minelaying and mining operations.


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