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Arnold Barker, Jr., being awarded the Presidential Unit Citation [detail from newsclipping]

Veterans History Project Service Summary:

  • War or Conflict: Korean War, 1950-1953; World War, 1939-1945
  • Branch of Service: Navy
  • Service Unit/Ship: USS Hornet
  • Location of Service: Japan
  • Collection Number: AFC/2001/001/5900

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"So I dove in under... this place between the two stacks, and I had about fifteen or twenty people dove in on top of me. I said 'Come on in!'" (Video interview, 2:30)

As a boy, Arnold Baker, Jr. always dreamed of joining the Navy. In 1941 he turned 17 and enlisted. He was stationed on the USS Hornet as an aviation mechanic and was onboard when the ship launched the Doolittle Raid against Japan, as well as during the Guadalcanal Campaign. He survived the sinking of the Hornet in October 1942 and went on to serve his country in Korea as well, and retired with twenty years in the service.

Interview / Recording

More Resources

Interview / Recording

Interview / Recording

[ Miscellaneous military papers of Arnold Barker. ]
[ V-mail "Thanksgiving Greetings" from Arnold Barker to his father. ]
[ News clipping, "Presidential Unit Citation Presented to Arnold Baker (sic.), Jr.." ]

About this Item

Title

  • Arnold Barker, Jr. Collection

Names

  • WRCB-TV Channel 3
  • Bowen, Sarah
  • Mavredes, Tony
  • Barker Jr., Arnold

Home State

  • Tennessee

Headings

  • -  Barker Jr., Arnold
  • -  World War, 1939-1945 -- Personal Narratives
  • -  United States. Navy.
  • -  Korean War, 1950-1953 -- Personal Narratives
  • -  United States. Navy.

Repository

  • Veterans History Project, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress

Gender

  • Male

Race

  • White

Status

  • veteran

Service History

  • World War, 1939-1945

    • Branch of Service: Navy
    • Service Unit/Ship: USS Hornet
    • Location of Service: Japan
    • Dates of Service: 1941-1960
    • Entrance into Service: Enlisted
    • Military Status: veteran
    • Service History Note: The veteran served on the Aviation Combat Air Crew.
  • Korean War, 1950-1953

    • Branch of Service: Navy
    • Military Status: veteran

Materials

  • Manuscript: Clippings [3 items] -- (collected unknown)
  • Manuscript: Military papers (orders, personnel/201 files, etc) [7 items] -- (collected unknown)
  • Manuscript: Correspondence [1 item] -- (collected 1944-12-08)
  • Photograph: Mixed (Multiple types of photographs) [5 items] -- (collected unknown)
  • Video: Betacam SP [3 items] -- Oral history interview (collected 2003-01-21)

Collection Number

  • AFC/2001/001/5900

Cite as

  • Arnold Barker, Jr. Collection (AFC/2001/001/5900), Veterans History Project, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress

Online Format

  • image
  • video

Additional Metadata Formats

IIIF Presentation Manifest

Rights & Access

Using VHP Material in Publication or Exhibition

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Citing VHP Materials

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Materials as a whole:

  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/[VHP collection]), Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.

Manuscript material:

  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/[VHP collection]), Memoirs (MS02), Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.
  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/[VHP collection]), Transcript (MS04), Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.
  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/[VHP collection]), Correspondence (MS01), Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.

Recording:

  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/[VHP collection]), Audio recording (SR01), Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.
  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/[VHP collection]), Video recording (MV01), Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.

Photograph:

  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/[VHP collection]), Photographs (PH01), photographer unknown, Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.
  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/[VHP collection]), Photographs (PH03-PH14), Ralph Williams photographer, Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.

Computer file:

  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/[VHP collection]), Computer file (CF01), Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.

Artifact:

  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/[VHP collection]), Artifact (AR01), Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.

Cite This Item

Citations are generated automatically from bibliographic data as a convenience, and may not be complete or accurate.

Chicago citation style:

Wrcb-Tv Channel 3, Sarah Bowen, Tony Mavredes, and Arnold Barker Jr. Arnold Barker, Jr. Collection. 1941. Personal Narrative. https://www.loc.gov/item/afc2001001.05900/.

APA citation style:

Wrcb-Tv Channel 3, Bowen, S., Mavredes, T. & Barker Jr, A. (1941) Arnold Barker, Jr. Collection. [Personal Narrative] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/afc2001001.05900/.

MLA citation style:

Wrcb-Tv Channel 3, et al. Arnold Barker, Jr. Collection. 1941. Personal Narrative. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/afc2001001.05900/>.