Nathan White Bemis Interview, November 7, 2020


Nathan White Bemis


Kenna Louise Bemis



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Nathan Bemis describes his early childhood and decision to enter the U.S. Navy, in which he served from 1960 to 1964. He talks about specializing as a gunner’s mate working on 8-inch guns aboard the USS Rochester and the USS Lexington aircraft carriers. Bemis discusses the hardships of the job, while noting that his faith in Jesus Christ was a source of encouragement. He describes his life as a minister after leaving the Navy, having served in churches in the South and Montana. He reiterates the importance of his faith throughout his adult life.

The interviewee’s full date of birth and birth place have been redacted from the audio and transcript.


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Document Type

Oral History


USS Lexington; Gunner’s mate; Peacetime military service; Armed naval carrier; U.S. Military; U.S. Navy; Naval bases; Vietnam War, 1955-1975; Carrier ships; Pilot training; Flight deck; Aircraft carriers; Conversion

Original Date


Time Period

Twentieth century

Geographic Coverage

Pensacola, Florida;



Original Collection

The Veteran’s Experience Oral History Project, OH 472

Holding Institution

University of Montana. Mansfield Library. Archives and Special Collections

Digital Publisher

University of Montana--Missoula. Mansfield Library

Rights Statement

In Copyright

Rights Holder

Copyright to this collection is held by the interview participants and by the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula. Permission may be required for use. For further information please contact Archives and Special Collections: (406) 243-2053 /

Oral History Number

OH 472-027

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

1 MP3 file (00:52:43): digital + 1 transcript (23 pp.: 28 cm.)

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

00:52:43 minutes

Local Filename

OH_472_027.mp3; OH_472_027.pdf

Nathan White Bemis Interview, November 7, 2020