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Billy M. Mathews Interview (2007)

World War II Oral Histories



Genre: Interview

Place Covered: Philippines, Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2007-09-13

Duration: 00:16:43

Subjects: Mathews, Billy M. | World War II | Military | Veterans | World War, 1939-1945 -- Personal narratives | United States. Navy | World War, 1939-1945 -- Campaigns -- Pacific Ocean | World War, 1939-1945 -- Campaigns -- Philippines | Leyte Gulf, Battle of, Philippines, 1944 | Manning (Destroyer escort) | MacArthur, Douglas, 1880-1964 | Kamikaze airplanes


  • Mathews, Billy M. Interviewee
  • Lefebvre, Marian Interviewer


An oral history interview conducted on September 13, 2007, with Billy M. Mathews, a member of the United States Navy stationed on the USS Manning during World War II. He discusses: joining the Navy; his deployment to the South Pacific; participating in the invasion of the Philippines at Leyte Gulf and Mindoro; witnessing General Douglas MacArthur wading ashore at Leyte Gulf; being attacked by kamikaze planes; the difficult conditions on the ship, especially around the equator; sailing through a typhoon near Guadalcanal; and his return home.