Kenna Louise Bemis
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.
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
The Veteran’s Experience Oral History Project, OH 472
University of Montana. Mansfield Library. Archives and Special Collections
University of Montana--Missoula. Mansfield Library
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1 MP3 file (00:52:43): digital + 1 transcript (23 pp.: 28 cm.)
Bemis, Nathan White, "Nathan White Bemis Interview, November 7, 2020" (2020). The Veteran’s Experience Oral History Project. 16.