Interview with Billy Ray Lyerly, July 28, 1998 | UNCW Archives and Special Collections Online Database
Interview with Billy Ray Lyerly, July 28, 1998
July 28, 1998
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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