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Roscoe A. Bolton Interview (2007)

World War II Oral Histories



Genre: Interview

Place Covered: New Orleans, Orleans Parish, Louisiana, Philippines, Saipan, Northern Mariana Islands, Marcus Island, Japan

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2007-10-16

Duration: 00:17:12

Subjects: Bolton, Roscoe A. | Military | Veterans | World War II | United States. Navy | World War, 1939-1945 -- Campaigns -- Pacific Ocean | World War, 1939-1945 -- Naval operations, German | Higgins, Andrew Jackson, 1886-1952 | Atomic bomb | World War, 1939-1945 -- Personal narratives


  • Courtney, Beth Interviewer
  • Bolton, Roscoe A. Interviewee


An oral history interview conducted on October 16, 2007, with Roscoe A. Bolton, a Lieutenant Junior Grade in the Navy during World War II. He discusses: volunteering for the Navy following the attack on Pearl Harbor; his assignment at the Commander and Shore Patrol unit headquartered in New Orleans; German submarines sinking ships off the coast of the United States; meeting Andrew Higgins; his deployment to the Philippines, Saipan and Marcus Island; learning of the dropping of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima; and his journey home from the war on a troop train.