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Interview with Billy Ray Lyerly, July 28, 1998
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July 28, 1998
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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.
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