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"It's a strange feeling to see the first enemy plane, really." (Audio interview, 24:44)

   Ernest M. Phillips
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War: World War, 1939-1945
Branch: Marine Corps
Unit: USS Northampton
Service Location: Pacific; Guadalcanal (Solomon Islands)
Rank: Corporal
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Ernest Phillips served in the Marine Corps for five years during WWII. A corporal stationed on the USS Northampton, he witnessed many major events, including the attack on Pearl Harbor and many of the naval battles associated with the Guadalcanal campaign. In his interview he vividly describes the night the Northampton was sunk by Japanese torpedoes at the Battle of Tassafaronga, and how he was thrown overboard and forced to swim to shore.

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