Oral History Interview with Hugo and William Sweeney


Oral History Interview with Hugo and William Sweeney

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Francis McMenamin

Interview/Donation Date


Branch of Service

U.S. Coast Guard (Hugo); U.S. Army (William)

Served In

World War II (Hugo); Vietnam (William)

Dates of Service

Aug. 1939-July 1946 (Hugo); 1965-1968 (William)


Hugo Sweeney discusses growing up in rural Texas, enlisting in the military in 1939 and serving in the Coast Guard, rising to rank of Chief Boatswains’ Mate. Hugo served for 6-1/2 years throughout the Second World War. He served on the Saranac in the Gulf of Mexico, then transferred to shore station in Grand Isle, Louisiana. During the war Sweeney was also stationed on the North Atlantic patrol. William Sweeney discusses his service in the Army during the Vietnam War, his injuries from the war and his recovery. Both father and son discuss the differences in their military and post-military experiences.

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Oral History Interview with Hugo and William Sweeney