Stewart Abbott Fraser transcript
Scope and Contents
This oral history transcript relates to Stewart Abbott Fraser who served in the U.S. Navy during World War II in the Pacific Theater. Fraser served aboard the USS Missouri. Fraser was also present during the formal Japanese surrender on September 2, 1945
- Event: 1941-1946
- Created: Date of taped Interview
- Stewart Abbott Fraser, 1928-2006 (Person)
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Biographical or Historical Information
Stewart Abbott Fraser was born February 1, 1928, in Andover, Massachusetts. During World War II, he attempted to join the military before of legal age to enlist, including a plan to run away to Canada to join the Royal Air Force. Fraser joined the U.S. Navy in 1945, only a few days after turning 17. Fraser completed his Naval training in Sampson, NY. He was then sent to Treasure Island, California to the USS General C. H. Muir. From there Fraser traveled to Pearl Harbor and then to Leyte, Philippines to transfer to the USS Missouri. Fraser's first assignment would be to the turrets, however, would be reassigned to the executive officer's office doing clerical work. Fraser's battle station was on the bridge of the USS Missouri where he would have an interesting conversation between, the Presidents nephew, Joseph Truman and Admiral Halsey about the food being served. Fraser would also be present during a conversation between Admiral Halsey and General MacArthur regarding proper uniform etiquette during the Japanese surrender aboard the USS Missouri. After the war, Fraser worked for the Pentagon, Army Department of Operations. Fraser was recalled to duty on June 27, 1950, for the Korean War. Fraser received two battle stars and a Pacific ribbon during his eight and a half years of service. He passed away on September 1, 2006.
Language of Materials
- Capitulations, Military--Japan Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Carney, Robert Bostwick, 1895-1990.
- Halsey Jr., William, 1882-1959
- Kamikaze pilots Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Leyte (Philippines) Subject Source: Lcnaf
- MacArthur, Douglas, 1880-1964
- McCain, John S. (John Sidney), 1911-1981.
- Missouri (Battleship : BB-63) Subject Source: Lcnaf
- Okinawa Island (Japan) Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Pearl Harbor (Hawaii) Subject Source: Lcnaf
- Sampson Air Force Base (N.Y.) Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Treasure Island (San Francisco, Calif.) Subject Source: Lcnaf
- Truman, Harry S., 1884-1972.
- USS General C. H. Muir (AP-142)
- United States. Navy
- Wisconsin (Battleship : BB-64)
- Stewart Abbott Fraser transcript
- Jessie Mrock
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