William "Buddy" Hurley Interview
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SubjectMinority Cruise; Iwo Jima; night fighters; kamikaze; gunnery school; Blood Alley; USS Bohomme Richard; USS Missouri; Admiral Bill Halsey
William “Buddy” Hurley, interviewed by Brady Townsend, Molli Cole, Nicolle Gamez, and JR Bauer on June 11, 2014 was 17 when he enlisted in the Navy in 1943. Due to his work at a canning factory and slight color blindness, Hurley could have been exempt from the draft, but he was adamant about joining the Navy and signed on for a minority cruise. During his service, Hurley served as a deckhand and gunner on a destroyer. In his interview, he describes life at sea including living arrangements, finding time to sleep, work on board, meals, and refueling.
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