Ed McGirt joined the U.S. Navy in the fall of 1939. He completed basic training at Norfolk, Virginia and was assigned to the 5th Division aboard the USS Arkansas, and sailed for Calebra Island, Puerto Rico. In 1941 the USS Arkansas was stationed in Iceland and patrolling the waters of North Atlantic.

   In 1942 McGirt was transferred to the USS Denver and deployed to the Pacific. In June of 1943 he transferred to the USS Ganymede.  McGirt Participated in operations in the Solomon Islands, New Guinea and the Philippines. He was on the Island of Palawam in the Philippines when the war came to an end. He was discharged in October of 1945.
Transcript Number 055
Title: Ed McGirt: remembering World War II
Interviewee: Ed McGirt
Interviewer: Ray Wyche
Date of Interview:
Location of Interview: Whiteville, N.C.
Description: 1 Mini-DV Cassette Tape sd., col.+ VHS Cassette Tape
Series: World War II Veterans Oral History Preservation Project
Series: Voices of Experience