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Rodney Q. Nelson Jr. Oral History

 Collection
Identifier: MS-1971

This collection houses a typescript of an oral history interview with Rodney Quin Nelson Jr. conducted by Charles Johnson for the Veteran's Oral History Project of the Center for the Study of War and Society. The interview focuses primarily on Nelson's World War II experiences in the U. S. Navy.

Dates

  • 1987 August 18

Conditions Governing Access

Collections are stored offsite, and a minimum of 2 business days are needed to retrieve these items for use. Researchers interested in consulting any of the collections are advised to contact Special Collections.

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 houses a typescript of an oral history interview with Rodney Quin Nelson Jr. conducted by Charles Johnson for the Veteran's Oral History Project of the Center for the Study of War and Society. The interview focuses primarily on Nelson's World War II experiences in the U. S. Navy.

Biographical/Historical Note

Rodney Quin Nelson Jr. was born in Covington County, Mississippi on 4 April 1916. He earned his BA degree from the University of Mississippi and went on to work in airlines operations for American Airlines in Nashville and later New Orleans. He volunteered for the Navy in 1941 and was called up for service in February.

Nelson's amphibious training program took place in Norfolk, Virginia, on the USS Leonard Wood. During the war he served on the USS Dorothy L. Dix, which transported Army troops and supply scout boats at Safi, Morocco on 8 to 12 November during the Allied invasion of French North Africa (Operation Torch). He also saw action in such diverse locations as Morocco, North Africa, Sicily, Salerno, and Southern France. Nelson died on May 2, 1997 and is buried in Knoxville, Tennessee.

Arrangement

This collection consists of a single folder.

Acquisition Note

This collection was donated to Special Collection by the Center for War and Society.

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