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Interview with Harold Gene Ping, June 7, 2000
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June 7, 2000
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Harold Gene Ping was inducted into the U.S. Navy in July of 1944. He completed basic training at Camp Perry and Amphibious training at Little Creek, Virginia. In November of 1944, He was assigned to a Landing Ship Tank, LST 808, and deployed to the Pacific.

Ping traveled to Hawaii, Guam, and the Philippines. In February of 1945, he participated in the invasion of Iwo Jima, and from April to June took part in the assault and occupation of Okinawa. On May 18, 1945, while patrolling waters off the coast of Ie Shima, LST 808 was destroyed in a kamikaze attack. Ping and his surviving shipmates remained on the island of Ie Shima until the end of the war. The crew of LST 808 received 2 battle stars for service during WWII.

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