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Gerald W. Thomas Interview – 2001

In 2001, Lt. Cdr. Thomas was interviewed regarding his WWII service. You can listen to a 2.28 minute audio segment of that interview in which Thomas describes Yoshinori Yamaguchi’s Kamikaze hitting the USS Essex here:

Thomas interview available on YouTube — “Kamikaze Strikes USS Essex”.

Kamikaze Hits USS Essex

Closeup of Yoshinori Yamaguchi's plane diving toward the Essex. Note the tail number 17. November 25, 1944.