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Lonas Tarr Oral History

 Collection
Identifier: MS-3266

This collection consists of a transcript of an interview with Lonas Tarr by G. Kurt Piehler and Kathryn P. O'Donnell conducted on March 7, 2003 in Knoxville, Tennessee as part of the Center for the Study of War and Society's Veteran's Oral History Project. Tarr speaks of his childhood in Jefferson City, his experiences in the Air Force during World War II, and his postwar life working as an American Airlines pilot in Europe.

Dates

  • 2003 March 7

Conditions Governing Access

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Conditions Governing Use

The copyright interests in this collection remain with the creator. For more information, contact the Special Collections Library.

Extent

0.1 Linear Feet

Abstract

This collection consists of a transcript of an interview with Lonas Tarr by G. Kurt Piehler and Kathryn P. O'Donnell conducted on March 7, 2003 in Knoxville, Tennessee as part of the Center for the Study of War and Society's Veteran's Oral History Project. Tarr speaks of his childhood in Jefferson City, his experiences in the Air Force during World War II, and his postwar life working as an American Airlines pilot in Europe.

Biographical/Historical Note

Hurd Lonas Tarr Jr. (usually called Lonas) was born to Hurd Lonas and Edna Mable (Lewallen) Tarr in about 1920 in Jefferson City, Tennessee. He attended Carson Newman College and enlisted in the Air Force in November of 1941. He served in the Ferry Command delivering aircraft to India and Iran and later served in the Air Transport command transporting service personnel in Africa, the Americas, and Asia. After the war he married Helen, moved to Levittown, Long Island, and worked for American Airlines. As a civilian pilot, Tarr participated in the 1948 Berlin Airlift. In 1952, Tarr got a job as a Chevrolet dealer in Jefferson City, Tennessee, where he continues to live as of this writing.

Arrangement

Collection consists of a single folder.

Acquisition Note

Collection is property of the University of Tennessee Libraries, Knoxville, Special Collections.

Repository Details

Part of the Betsey B. Creekmore Special Collections and University Archives, The University of Tennessee, Knoxville Repository

Contact:
The University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Knoxville TN 37996 USA
865-974-4480