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Anatole Matherne Interview (2017)

World War II Oral Histories



Genre: Interview

Place Covered: Baton Rouge, East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2017-09-27

Duration: 00:28:02

Subjects: World War II | United States. Navy | Military | Veterans


  • Matherne, Anatole Interviewee


An oral history interview conducted on September 27, 2017, with Anatole Matherne of French Settlement, Louisiana. Matherne served in the United States Navy during World War II. He discusses: being drafted; being assigned to the USS Appalachian; his participation in the occupation of Japan; seeing the damage caused by the atomic bombs in Hiroshima and Nagasaki; serving as a French interpreter during a visit to a French island in the Pacific; returning home; and some of his best memories of the war.