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Frank J. Kern Interview (2007)

World War II Oral Histories



Genre: Interview

Place Covered: Tarawa, Kiribati, Saipan, Northern Mariana Islands, Tinian, Northern Mariana Islands, Nagasaki, Japan

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2007-10-11

Duration: 00:37:23

Subjects: Kern, Frank J. | World War II | World War, 1939-1945 -- Personal narratives | United States. Marine Corps. | World War, 1939-1945 -- Campaigns -- Pacific Ocean | Tarawa, Battle of, Kiribati, 1943 | World War, 1939-1945 -- Campaigns -- Japan -- Okinawa Island | Military | Veterans | Kamikaze airplanes | Tinian, Battle of, Northern Mariana Islands, 1944 | Saipan, Battle of, Northern Mariana Islands, 1944


  • Kern, Frank J. Interviewee
  • Lefebvre, Marian Interviewer


An oral history interview conducted on October 11, 2007, with Frank J. Kern, an artillery loader in the 2nd Marine Division during World War II. He discusses: joining the Marines; his deployment to the Pacific; fighting in the Battle of Tarawa; gathering the dead bodies after the battle; losing Marines during two naval accidents between battles; fighting in the Battles of Saipan, Tinian and Okinawa; serving as a part of the occupation forces in Nagasaki, Japan; destroying kamikaze planes near Nagasaki; and returning home to the United States on Christmas Eve 1945.