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Philip Serio Interview (2007)

World War II Oral Histories



Genre: Interview

Place Covered: Pearl Harbor, Hawaii

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2007-09-11

Duration: 00:22:22

Subjects: Serio, Philip | World War II | Military | Veterans | World War, 1939-1945 -- Personal narratives | United States. Navy | Pearl Harbor (Hawaii), Attack on, 1941 | Curtiss (Ship) | World War, 1939-1945 -- Campaigns -- Pacific Ocean | Atomic bomb


  • Ready, Crystal Interviewer
  • Serio, Philip Interviewee


An oral history interview conducted on September 11, 2007, with Philip Serio, an electrician in the United States Navy during World War II. Serio was stationed on the USS Curtiss, one of the ships bombed by the Japanese during the attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. He describes: his experience of the attack on the USS Curtiss; hunting submarines in the South Pacific for two years during the war; bathing in the ocean near sharks; and his job as a top secret naval courier investigating areas with atomic bombs in the 1950s. He also shares photographs from his career in the Navy.