Billie Ray Lyerly Joined the U.S. Navy in June of 1941. He completed boot camp in Norfolk, Va., and became a Yeoman Striker on a light cruiser, the USS Nashville. In April of 1942, Lyerly took part in the first American air strike on Japan. In December of 1944, the Nashville was struck by a kamikaze while in route to the Philippines. 310 crewmen were killed or wounded. In 1945 Lyerly was transferred to a heavy cruiser, the Los Angeles as a flagship yeoman. He was discharged in 1946.
Transcript Number 011
Title: Billie Ray Lyerly: Remembering World War II
Interviewee: Billie Ray Lyerly
Interviewer: Thor Ronningen
Date of Interview: July 28, 1998
Location of Interview: Wilmington, NC
Description: 1 VHS Cassette Tape (ca. 28 Minutes) sd. col.
Note: Microphone malfunction @ min. Tape continues without sound.
Documentation: 1 Typed Transcript
Series: World War II Veterans Oral History Preservation Project
Series: Voices of Experience