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Oral History Interview: Jim Fisher of Springfield


(Duration: 49:48)

Jim Fisher served in the U.S. Navy on Landing Ship Tank 475. He fought in the battles of New Britain, Leyte Gulf, Lingayen Gulf and others in the South Pacific, Philippines, Borneo and New Guinea.

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    today is Thursday March 20th 2008 I am HF Williamson
    son I am interviewing Tim Fisher for the veterans history project of the library
    Library of Congress American Folklife Center where at Studio X Campbell Hall
    call on me University of Illinois campus in Urbana Illinois
    director of lighting sound and camera
    Jim I like you to start out


    start out tell me where you are what you were doing before you were called up and how you came to join the Navy
    well I was working in Chicago
    machine shop what’s up where my brother in law work
    workd in hi
    my wife’s cousin was my wife in the time with her
    her cousin and I decided to join the Navy one day
    whatever what year was whatever it was in 42 okay so I


    so I join the Navy on June 1st 1942
    how so how quickly after join Wii U setup
    who are your basic training yearbook in right away
    why do I want to sing like s Great Lakes boot camp
    then after that I went to school
    Iowa State electrical school in your choice
    electro well I want to go to Gunners mate school but I want to


    I want to find a big gun but then they send me the electricians mate school
    school how long was that program that was so more than
    more than 4 months from like from August and Tony samba
    December I think it was NFLN
    I think it went in SC
    I want to
    I want to gyro compass school in San Francisco


    nothing like I want to another school to win anyway where you been framed
    to be on a particular type of s*** for this was just general training for all types of s***
    Associates general training what is that
    is that time they needed a bunch of guys c** in her a******
    that’s how I became an LST crewman
    hello but let’s put the tranny with General Lee was a specific


    Pharrell is the only answer or you could have gone on any oil service necessary
    so he’s not finished your school saying Where are you assigned to join your
    crafts to Vancouver Washington
    and I want to board a ship pier Hill SC for sale
    8475 and I wait until
    commissioned I put it in commission okay you were young
    how are the plank on right now and I was on that ship for


    rusty from March 17th
    1943 until December
    until September 1945
    Wow two and a half years
    so how long did you train as a crew
    waffles and waffles United States before a long trip
    Raiders truck to shift on the Columbia River first trip


    go make sure everything was alright and then we were going to leave right away but girl
    big storm in the Pacific and they didn’t wanna let us go house
    Intel at storms out over so I stayed in a story Oregon for
    torture in the ass Hnin Yee Lwin on downer
    San Diego and Taylors young men came back up the Frisco
    whats a gun under water show more guns
    we had a lot of guns on a ship what is worth installed on your show


    scary at Work cargo they were part of your arm yeah
    isarel will 07 legacy 3
    7 720 s at that time
    send anywhere trench gun in Sayreville fifties
    50 caliber sealant for some of those anti aircraft fire with a all
    girlfriend IR craft how is a specific alarm
    logical but I think we had a few more than


    some of the other LSTs ruixing well armed
    how to play never none of those kamikaze planes are about the US
    you’ll have to tell us more about that will we get food we are out on the Pacific Theater in New York
    you’re finally arrived Ramadan and your getting ready to take off my resume
    Modesto May 2nd from France
    from Frisco when you go are you by yourself or are you with with other ships
    remind me in a couple other LS


    save a 2001 maniacs Court Pearl Harbor
    that was a pretty safe place to go in between Pearl Harbor
    faith wasn’t much
    risk of submarines 3930k how long were at Pearl Harbor
    what a wake when we when Waker last night from
    not for much trade in just there get ready to go yeah we had we had a cargo van
    that damn no dropped off of Pearl Harbor


    vanilla reload it
    o I don’t remember rolling much stuff on a probe
    Pearl Harbor Live Fit the only one for me
    from there to 92 Samoa Ave
    photos for a 2000 mile trip never married
    Mary went to the New Hebrides how in your training that you practice landings
    girl no really oh my gosh


    no they said it’s over there without ever even
    Chippenham place
    Road n1 to get it over there okay
    actually it’s not that hard to run a ship on it up on a bitch
    the main thing is that you don’t rub the striker 2 quick
    where is one time we lost the cursor


    Android get the order to drop the star n***** in Italian
    do you have to obey orders ship kept going and going and going
    going to never hit the beach in cable come on the cable room and we still heading
    so we lost it and that was a big job getting
    Mac boy 24 hours before we go
    for we got it all all the cable back nine hundred feet of cable
    plot of cable is people that’s around you have a good man


    well they took a boat small boat in
    what is grappling hook in a quart the cable about in the middle of it
    what’s this some kind of bad things to do in secret
    what’s a good I got the end of a tube in a miller lite is your cousin we could of or could write to the drummer
    wrap it up we have to take that cable
    in laying out on the deck 900 fever
    hello finally OC attic over 24


    24 hours this about the whole crew
    back and then wrapped it up on the run
    henna that was it that the anchorman
    everything back but just took a lot of time a day you didn’t want to spend again
    why do I dry up with you so you view you travel from frozen
    and then further on an what were you beat with stick shift the same to do in those days
    well from what city


    New Hebrides who went to the Brisbane Australia
    and then from Brisbane reload it up over
    4000 cases of beer in Brisbane thang thang
    and some other stuff from Coca Cola and then we went to

    girl August 13th & 4
    143 Annette we got there we had a elf


    LC TN on our main deck left we got a pair 2
    can I leave a reporter from degree list
    list of the ship is starboard
    Linden el sitio who look like Arizona
    hit the water it went way a nun
    NYC after that then we repeat
    prepared to make some landings I don’t know I don’t know remembering


    practice landings since September 1st
    first invasion in Maine in May New Guinea that’s about the first landing
    every member of under fire well I was your
    how was your practice landing was a real one what we want we you caring
    tearing up on the beach I think we had some pancakes and love trucks
    not army equipment in which way was your shipping
    roughly which way what which wave weather


    are there other ships ahead of you or we will first one it was only six of us
    when we all win in the same inch LCD I
    that done those guys at
    where I don’t know if he is really bad cramps on both sides of the show
    the soldiers came out for those rims friend on ramps
    they were perfect targets got killed
    red panda how did your ships to


    Rainism banished
    I missed landing on me where any what brand of yore
    ships damaged by the enemy fire on your landing or no
    No Reagan even good
    reloaded and got off to meet soon
    what this thing that happened before we got to this landing
    we were attacked by about 30 Japanese planes that was in the afternoon


    afternoon The Midnight landing
    midnight with for the bad thing and after that we never landed
    ed Edd n dark anymore rolling in the daytime
    safest city in Illinois
    so how many you said that they Japanese airplanes attacked you
    who won the other six or seven ships and yeah friendly guy killed on the other
    how to ship love ship about 300 feet away in on that


    on that ship one of the guys got the Congressional Medal of Honor
    there only 300 feet away from those on this invasion
    hey this is this is in the afternoon before
    the mid night invasion thats when does planes attacked us
    cactus where they station on that island or a friend of the family I loosen
    jobs in Jackson al Facebook
    what is playing the sea they came in an attack the convoy before we ever got there


    Dr Cozzi knew they had a pretty good idea what we’re going to do so I did all the damage
    musica do before we got there convoy includes other realities
    is the loss of a crew destroyers are cruisers are any capital ships dwell
    destroy Earth in couple of them
    where is really wasn’t a big invasion Motel
    vandalism of Babylon as far as I’m concerned because it really
    yo friendly guy killing the other one of the other


    so that was the first invasion of your craft in Benin
    what happens after that do you continue taking things to the beach after the first waiver
    well I just went on in an unloaded and got off of the beach
    so you don’t there’s no there’s no additional tracks for the beach well
    why don’t women run back up there again
    familiy made up the leg what’s this about 300


    hundred or 400 mile run Waze
    I don’t remember freeway to resupply runner
    what does 473 the Godhead neighbors live in Melbourne Australia for over a year and getting fixed up
    that’s how many gun deaths so when your
    now that this invasion is your job and what would you do next
    yo pre made several more New Guinea and Lucy


    women invasion at the New Britain island
    that was a madman we got stuck on the beach and couldn’t get off
    you’re under fire at this time yeah
    can you fire back with your 50 calibers are I don’t remember I’m doing that so much
    so much but what happened they were tryna pull aside for the single income
    ringtone Australian sea going tug and they had a
    cable see they have the dark able Archer naked


    if tired of trying to pull saw
    off and we had our angels going full speed astern first one on the other
    shipping a car to go back and forth like that kind of wigger law firm
    how often b****** what we’re trying to do if a snake didn’t work
    finally when they were pulling on a sweetheart like that
    Lebanon cable broke
    can I run the fan to buy with my station fan to connect cable


    why have I got that far I guess come on over red
    Reptar gotta know that are right now in the next morning when the tide came in
    can we got off the bitch
    that was Lennie were never even lanes in lines on tinder
    before we can get into the beach pyraminds in the water
    did any of them any of the ships at the mines no not that I know of
    but you know its kinda watching out for him


    free Christmas Faith Hill
    how many is a little under Vegas 10 day hold light on the beach with under fire
    yeah that’s what’s under fire but the Jeffster we got it
    hookah report Jett Jackson broken screw the Marines
    airlines coming for the ships so then they should everybody a gun
    gun like a 45 just in case
    where to try to keep them off


    but they never did. They never did make it
    get on board the ship and the next day
    next morning later in the morning we got off on the beach
    hell survivors are your first 2 invasions
    I got the whole story about that
    the captain wrote about it the night that will never end
    thats was a title loan without a title it was a long night


    night will I see when you’ve been told the Japanese have broken trail
    reliance oil help how much time do you have to recover
    rafter that invasion well sometimes
    maybe a week or so women in nude
    in New Guinea Sara luvv
    probably Elise 800m landings
    d-day invasion for everyone to call him


    I don’t think the people realize how much weight on a new kitty because
    early on and they were Japanese far right
    getting ready to get in Australia from Port Moresby they were going to go on in Australia
    what were some of the other aspects of those who remain
    dream meaning of Asians in New Guinea you remember you like to talk about m***
    male 1 anniversary of its coming up pretty quick 20 seconds


    lyrics posed to make a landing at Helenium New Guinea
    Anna I heard the news
    love Minister talking to all the soldiers on the fan tail whip
    which was my station General Quarters station they were
    they were telling them and that there was going to be probably at least 70 casualties
    yeah that’s a lot of the truth you are caring yeah
    yeah yeah we probably had chair 400 on the shelf


    America when
    Mercedes 560 in the morning rear shell in the beach
    and we went in about 7
    henna hair when I need answer video rental
    into the hills one guy got the pussy
    Chatham self in the foot another guy drowned
    actually that was only one


    casualty death Annette landing
    what they were they really when we thought that was really going to be banned
    and landing do you ever get
    Aleve for restoration in the Sun during this period
    where is it continuous 44
    before February 44 we want a stray Leah that was a year
    are more later yeah let’s see well


    yeah we win after 9:43
    just leaving February 44 after continuously for 9 months
    mouth whats the New Guinea campaign is completed
    are there some additional invasions of Europe is involved in
    New Britain listen to type on New Britain Ave
    no I didn’t talk about New Britain that’s that’s where we got stuck on a beach
    bitch New Britain God talk about that


    for the night that never ended it would never end in Co
    seriously just went on at the coast of New Guinea
    after Holi India what say what one was that
    I got a list of all of them at home in the order of what
    which food in 30 century were there
    of the island
    and after we got done with zucchini that’s why I went up to the Philippines


    bands and landed on October 20th 44
    44 which was my 20th birthday
    you would even old enough to vote yet I don’t think so
    you were 21
    well you’re doing these aren’t are the invasions of some of the other islands like he would Jima
    Guadalcanal taking place are there other love water canal was over with
    before I ever got gold candle answer the phone im not over there


    Central Pacific unit that was making lamington
    Central Pacific like one places like that
    recipe creator you’re in a different area
    Riverview theater I was in was a gentleman
    the kingpin head muscle anterior
    pretty well planning and women suffer like it feels like the desert Tarawa
    words that never


    4000 Marines killed in Tarawa that was a different command
    command center right that was was that the Navy command over there Central Pacific
    I don’t know if it was Nimitz halls with someone you wear
    thats that they didn’t get the Marines ensure
    I have to wait to water retention
    Laura doing that they were going to finance from the depths of the mission
    1000 casually get the crafts up on the beach because of the coral reef


    whats your IQ drop if you when you said you were you are landing in the Philippines
    what was tells more about then yeah that’s
    well you heard of Tokyo Rose yes
    where are you might you might explain briefly who she is and ksthy Sheena Easton
    pride of demoralize all of us sailors
    sailors and soldiers over there and he would say that
    saying that the lady golfer


    it was a graveyard for LSTs which kind of
    what kind of turned out for us because when we went in there we hit a sandbar
    I f*** on a sandbar at all how far away from where
    probably maybe half an hour maybe longer than that
    Anna but we were lucky we got off
    and then we went on into the meeting on loaded but before all this happened
    happened one Japanese plane came over dam ship with shooting of an era


    airplane nobody ever hit him
    this ship’s pendant Gunners just found them right on
    live sex chat in Chandler AZ
    was wondering yeah pussy striping you arrest
    fooling around I think I’ll fire in a new wedding
    what day did Ben Scott the shifter fire into each other
    never gonna hit her anything I want out of sight


    but later on we found out that the 38 gun
    but they must have been the million dollars for the ammunition fired at him
    what are your shift yeah sure
    help sore after that ship came then then then then
    and then the landing occur after you get off the beach without a very hot
    free hot beach with a wonderful hello okay no but
    Riverton Pingu some sites that that bleach


    I didn’t go to see guys are on a Bauer telling me
    telling me that there had been a pill box right there
    where we be judged and there were
    I guess it is and sustained the direct hit
    because there were some legs standing up in there yet
    is it from the bump the bum bum bar Madrid record of them I didn’t even go up
    what to see at the cuz that was enough for me I guess


    so anyway we got out of that are right by the month
    what a month later when we went up there to resupply the
    learn the truth that was when they start
    started using kamikaze planes what was the first ones
    Anna I saw 2 hospital ships got hit that nae nae
    what’s kamikaze plane Anna Lynn
    I think that there was shot no more


    Thor 3 planes that came in us you’re a list a dude
    LSTs were targets for the Kamikaze planes
    sure then they were none go after anything
    what finger does we heard that
    pilot in North plains or half drunk 18
    180 Goff ranking Raider game stocking and flying
    order target that’s why I am


    I want a reason why we didn’t get hit but we did shoot down today
    release some of them were successful in attacking ships of
    say something song tell me last season
    so he sucks and destroyers with kamikaze planes
    hello there a
    pictures of the new s*** talking somebody larger type of Shih Tzu’s
    the devastating aircraft carriers


    who is this is this one of your last invasions
    no we had another bigger one
    Wingate in golf that was a Villas at that time
    convoy the wind up their invasion Conway I was over 30 miles Leung
    we did get hit up there in about doors
    do a whole lot a Bear Run what do you think it’s you water show
    Motor Show 2014 Street soldiers that were right there


    here come the Sun then up there they were
    we had the the coolest apps for a swimming underneath
    boxes in coming up to the ships in putting charges on the ship
    ups Bona mop LA Boxing
    I don’t have anybody up
    YouTube you ever heard of the ship actually being attacked by a swimmer


    was it real no really but they said they seen it
    do they put online information like that can keep me on the ball
    what smart in over there in in later on in moon
    no one to destroy or cool calm and
    over and Yemen
    demon watching for a thing like that
    Hostel part the day were and nothing happens like this


    despotism bad blue 17 foot hole in a shoe
    little little inflatable boat or whatever it was hell
    is he there in during war you don’t you don’t know anything like that go by
    goldmine if anything like that was coming at us we just shoot first
    better be safe
    so that this month how long how long a beach was this invasion if it was a 30 mile
    30 mile long Conway owe


    I don’t know it windy in goal for the Sun from the north

    tips for landing all around in their size in bed
    can I go to guys Atlanta dare they went on down
    workaway south towards Manila
    Atlanta dare before you get to them how big how much is oppositional restaurant


    Beach hair for your craft well as far as
    where is lyrica good hit but it didn’t seem to me
    Kennedy’s that mature a position as far as we were concerned
    guns are right out all I do
    couples couple steps away from us it
    shallana dinner in a foreign Gangnam
    yeah I don’t know if those guys jumped on allure or if they were born on


    but it all went out at the same time
    I don’t know what really happened and I never did find out
    but they were hits girl couple steps away from us
    so you were under under significant fire Yoshi land
    your shipping in the cargo where the men go off to come back again
    supplies or what is your duty not right away you don’t hear from
    from Leyte Leyte Gulf battle in Game of Death


    that’s it I talking about live album
    708 hundred miles or more so I got off the beach
    the beach Lia anchored in the bay for a while
    kept watching out for boxes
    and then after that we went back down to earth
    I think we went back down to let it go
    why do they supply the beach at 700 mile trip to supply the beach


    other Beach health I don’t have large craft picture of a big ship
    what supplies that you can transfer to the beach for them but that’s not the case I guess

    ShopRite app on the beachfront s*** for talking about cargo ships
    they had to put the rear cargo on like one of these
    sell LCD TVs LCVP s 3
    36 foot boat ok and that’s how they have to unload their stomach


    could not load to an LCD from a cargo ship they couldn’t
    I don’t never see what your remember saying we do that
    is there usually done that morning when I think but I understand this is not
    does not something that your shift was assigned to do no no
    Noah Hathaway Garden Road and why we go right back to where we can
    where we came from usually during the
    during this period starting in New Guinea when your going from place to place are you in


    risk of submarine attacks well how do you avoid data do things in a girl
    well you have a lot of guys watching guys
    rumors say what’s up periscope over there
    are there over here but see that’s good because ID keeps
    the kitchen people on a ball
    rice yeah do you know any stories
    storage for less LCPs rounder attack from submarines without a target


    percolone well I am yours
    USMLE first one move up to us over to Australia
    NLST 7 hit by torpedo
    just as it was late in Richmond
    ohmygosh boy that that was really blowing up the tank
    the background story of the ship with bone up like that running
    the deck was running like that blowing up like a balloon


    did the sink ship ships sink right away or did it all again
    kill a lot of guy who got hit right in the crews quarters
    Oh nuts in the African how many guys got killed
    they never would tell you anything like that over there later on
    since I belong to the Illinois RC Association
    I found out a lot of things that I didn’t know before
    you know the guys guys write letters to the paper Intelli how many guys got killed in


    holding on okay so
    hey so we’re in Rockford you again when you would finish that invasion return back
    700 miles to home base what happens next
    well and get ready for another 10 my gosh run
    that’s how you had your rest and recreation in
    Australia this point I forgot yeah yeah how long was that how long.did you
    if you got 10 days 10 days


    where you were you receive favorably by the Australias today host you well or
    well yeah but friend of mine was
    some funny things happen to me in Australia to this friend of mine
    we were together the time with some other came up to him
    first cigarette I think
    Richton is pocket I get a cigarette for him that’s what I got


    no Pokemon I guess
    Rocky Mount stolen money
    no problem where I was walking along a sidewalk on Oddie
    18 year old had a bottle
    barely went into a little lesson I learned from a store
    Alaska how much in Houston 10 pounds
    bones what’s it like about 30 bucks 10


    10 pound note and boy just a minute I gave it to him he took off running
    what’s when I open a bottle of Pinot or then
    question why do you think there was such an animosity
    is it against the people who were helping them what is the wave some people are
    just like I live in the same thing going on there
    these guys Rolex


    easy way to make some money today
    yeah okay but other than that I hope you had a
    a good 10 days of out of the theater yeah I just remembered that
    Petco course remarkable I was in Big Sucker
    yea nice guy you’re finished
    arrest you’re leaving your back on
    station what’s happening next scene


    that was in Seawind
    we went down there in 40 for February Noah came back up the middle name Ann
    whats a good leave me some more landings in New Guinea OIGs in in in October
    Tober 44th and Suleiman death delete tango invasion
    I got us out of sequence and then what happens after that
    after that well then not too long after that and then we need


    who made the landing at Lincoln golf henna
    later on after that was over with
    Leah pussy we
    we went into Manila cuz I had insecure
    secured by the soldiers you say lesbian in limo
    that was that baby is full of sunken ships
    is 300 of them all together


    which Navy what’s a Japanese
    this we went right over top of someone
    free able to land legal to go with your yeah yeah we went
    we went right up to knocking in door
    outdoors and after a friend on the dock we’re just maybe just short of the night
    what did you get time Victor to see Manila tall or hell
    little man my man


    I got pictures of that
    this is mostly the bombing that the Americans have done
    to return or had that occurred when the Japanese for taken over
    I think that’s how it is
    biotech jobs functional in Illinois too much for TV
    4108 think I sent here I didn’t know that I was somewhere


    did Jax really treated those people in the Philippines terrible

    where’s your ship

    no we must have taken something in there some kind of Carnival
    I forget now just what the
    we want we want that they can cause we were in a sentence


    I had something cargo ship to take up in their supporting the troops
    yo so what happens next
    text well that’s kind of getting to order
    the city that was a ronin
    April Roshe run April 45
    7 n gate golf invasion was in January 45
    Dennis Miller this happened after that


    couple months afterwards and then
    current number it wasn’t too much that we had
    had to do after that we’re going pretty well
    the world is going pretty well over I know that’s our plans
    plans being made for the invasion of the mainland Yelp Japanese numbers
    your shift going to be part of that planned invasion well yeah that’s
    that’s where we went back down in New Guinea and liver loading up


    bunch of it all stuff for the army
    about that time is when they drop the bomb on her
    Hiroshima so after that way
    why I think we went up the hill in Great Lakes
    Leyte Gulf in this in the bay
    and that’s about the time I got my orders to come back home
    show the world ended but the one thing the bombs hit on Willis


    make sure you didn’t have to be part of an invasion of the Japanese mainland
    health so you are one of the early got enough points to go
    how to get out among the first people yeah because those CI
    I signed up for what they call a minority Cruz letra
    until you’re 21 LCI when and when I was 17
    I just about got out when I was 21 my birthday is in October
    October 20th and I got out December 5th so pretty good


    prepaid payment how did you get back how to
    how did they get you back for the face o pen vape in Dennys transport
    passport chip on my gosh 20 days
    the comeback pregnant pussy
    from the 10th of September to the 1st of October
    yahoo. Shippers about 20 minutes on time
    I can go straight I didn’t have to worry about some reason it longer


    help and what part is this did it land on the states will end
    we were supposed to go in Frisco but he came back
    into of Seattle and that’s where
    we got off phone then I got to come back to the
    good semi Beck St Louis in
    where to Chicago and St Louis I didn’t get a travel pay come
    come back home because I join in St Louis City


    this guy is insane
    free father and where was your home
    Michigan to get from st. Louis to Michigan well at the time
    go to Michigan I went to my brother in laws place
    what place in Chicago where my aunt’s place I forgot which
    mouse have been that was with that where you’re working
    yo where you started out this is this thing


    I want to go back to work for one of my older superintendents
    but I didn’t work every long couple weeks and I quit
    that started something else how was it
    what was it like to return your late teens in your early
    early twenties is in the Navy
    senior rigger human baby
    where is what kind of


    no I don’t know Chicago weather
    what’s a pretty good place to go to hey we’re going to worry I didn’t even have to pay to ride
    registry card Chicago Dr Serena Sara
    feel good did you ever consider
    staying in the Navy real
    Robert glad to get home
    what I don’t know if I want to stay in


    I don’t think so are you done well you were a
    you told me your rank is it when you go first class and I got on the flight
    you not you not girl
    you don’t have much liberty I know I’m not so amazing so much you can go on
    going in go out tonight or weekend or something like that
    what difference in life you can go out every night if you want


    baby when you’re bored shipping out in the main seal get to come home every night
    exactly I can understand it this is such a farmer
    formative part of your life hurtful people
    do people have spent a year from 17 to 21
    in the battle situation
    airline benefits from being in the Navy a good trade
    electrical training


    was there any other things you’d like to tell us about your memories of those years
    NAB well that’s pretty much
    how much sums it up pretty good
    left some stuff out but its pretty good
    when you had a chance to save part of the world you might not have never seen the other wise if you
    if you owe ya yeah I never would have gone over there
    I never would have gone to Australia in the Philippines her


    anyplace Alto weather
    well I thank you for the interview and we thank you for your service
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