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An American Democratic politician and activist, "Sargent", Shriver is best known as part of the Kennedy family, the driving force behind the creation of the Peace Corps, and the Democratic Party's replacement candidate for U.S. vice president in 1972.
Shriver volunteered for the United States Navy in December of 1941. He spent five years in active duty, rising to the rank of lieutenant and served on the Battleship USS-South Dakota beginning in 1942.
Listen to his interview as he recollects the many battles he experienced as a crewman on the South Dakota.
The Battleship USS-South Dakota crew member's interviews were conducted by the Center for Western Studies as a contribution to the history of the Battleship USS-South Dakota Memorial through a grant from the South Dakota Humanities Council and a gift from Dr. Daryl Ferguson. Interviews are being made available on the USSSouthDakota.com website with the permission of the Battleship USS-South Dakota Memorial.