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Oral history interview with Anton J. Miller by Anton J Miller( )

2 editions published between 2002 and 2003 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Anton Miller is North Dakota native who moved to Wisconsin to start a family after fighting in the Korean War with the U.S. Army National Guard out of North Dakota
Oral history interview with Valedda Wilson by Valedda A Wilson( )

2 editions published between 2005 and 2007 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Valedda Wilson, née Kiehn, a Chamberlain, South Dakota native, discusses her experience overseas in the Air Force Nursing Corps during the Korean War
The Vietnam Women's Memorial( Visual )

1 edition published in 1993 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Veteran Diane Carlson Evans, a nurse in Vietnam in the late 1960's, visited The Wall, the memorial to Vietnam veterans in Washington, D.C. She felt that the women who served in Vietnam should be honored also. She founded the Vietnam Women's Memorial Project which campaigned to erect a memorial for the women who served in Vietnam. A long, hard fight insued in which many veterans, men and women, participated
Oral history interview with Roger Hallingstad by Roger Hallingstad( )

2 editions published between 2002 and 2006 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Roger Hallingstad, a Sparta, Wisconsin, native, discusses his Air Force service as an aviation mechanic in Japan during the Korean War and in French Indochina (now Vietnam) at the end for the First Indochina War. Hallingstad touches upon his 1948 enlistment in the Wisconsin National Guard and his subsequent enlistment in the Air Force in 1951. He outlines his training that included basic at Mac Dill Air Force Base (Florida), aircraft and engine school at Sheppard Air Force Base (Texas), and temporary duty working on engines at Chanute Field (Illinois). He recounts that he volunteered for overseas duty in Japan and ended up in Tachikawa Air Force Base in Japan supervising Japanese aviation mechanics. He tells that they put B-51s, C-47s, and B26s into storage as they flew in from Korea and reconditioned them in a former WWII Zero factory for sale to other countries. In January 1954, he was abruptly relocated, ending up in French Indochina at the Do Son Air Base near Hai Phong. He describes their landing; how he thought they were going to run off the end of the runway and looked out to see anti-aircraft guns, jeeps with machine guns, and men with weapons. "Man, what are we getting into here?" He continues with their jeep trip to the air base; common barracks with French Legionnaires, Senegalese Army troops, the French Air Force, and U.S. volunteers; and the Communist action the night before, in anticipation of their arrival, which resulted in the blowing up of some aircraft and poisoning of the security dogs. Stating they had weapons, but no ammunition, Hallingstad describes their work schedule in instructing French Air Force mechanics to repair C-47s as influenced by the heat so that they worked in the early morning and evening. He was there for three months until the French surrendered to the Communists. He briefly tells of U.S. civilian pilots flying U.S. Air Force planes, repainted in the French tricolor, doing supply drops. He says that they drank canned water and canned food and tells a story of getting a large walk-in cooler from the Philippines that was stocked with fresh meat, only to have the compressor quite and the doctor say that they could not eat it. He describes Hai Phong as a beautiful city with gorgeous homes and wrought iron fences, but that they were not allowed into the city without somebody with them because people would disappear, murdered. He recounts his return to the States, using the GI bill to start college at the University of Wisconsin, quitting college due to marriage and family, and his work for Remington Rand and Baraboo Sysco Foods. The interview continues with discussion of his family life, cancer, volunteer work at the EAA Air Show in Oshkosh, Camp American Legion in Tomahawk, and description of his service time in Japan. He describes a C-124 Globe Master plane crash in a rice paddy with American GIs, the Japanese mechanics he worked with, and climbing Mount Fujiyama. He concludes the interview with a memory about selling newspapers through the barracks at Fort Snelling in Minnesota as a kid
Oral history interview with Sterling W. Schallert by Sterling W Schallert( )

2 editions published between 1995 and 1999 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Sterling W. Schallert, a Sullivan, Wisconsin native, discusses his Navy service aboard 1st 465 in the Southwest Pacific during World War II. Schallert touches on getting a deferment to finish his undergraduate degree at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and enlisting in the Navy's V7 program in Chicago. He discusses his month of preliminary training at the University of Notre Dame and three months of midshipman training at Abbott Hall (Chicago), and he characterizes his officers and the other ensigns. Sent to the Naval Training Base in San Diego, he speaks of having special training and waiting for the LSTs (Landing Ship, Tanks) at the Kaiser shipyard to be finished. Schallert portrays living in wartime San Diego with his wife, including playing football and finding an apartment. He comments on seeing his 1st commissioned, the insufficient number of guns aboard, getting the ship prepared, and sailing to Australia with an understaffed crew. Schallert recalls being escorted by Australian destroyers and seeing his first action when nearby ships were torpedoed. He evaluates the capabilities, durability, and versatility of LSTs. Schallert discusses his duty as stores officer, including being responsible for food and ammunition supplies, and he states the only equipment he had difficulty obtaining were battle talker helmets and a certain auxiliary engine piece. He describes the Australian food supplies they used and the relief of getting American food later in the war. Schallert relates the positive relations between Australian and American troops and between the different American military branches his ship transported. He discusses having mail delays, getting books from the States through a book club, and stashing Coca-Cola aboard that he bought in Australia. Schallert details the operations his ship participated in: dropping the 60th Seabees at Woodlark and Kiriwina (Solomon Islands), transporting dangerous gasoline, having to sit out the Lae landing due to ship damage, bringing 1st Division Marines to Cape Gloucester (New Britain), landing in the Admiralty Islands, and seeing one of his officers shot by a sniper at Hollandia. (New Guinea). Schallert describes the detailed plan books read by the officers and the procedure during a typical landing. After unloading, he talks about searching the beaches for souvenirs and collecting Japanese parachutes and propaganda on Hollandia. He recounts his luck in missing out on the fierce landing at Biak due to more ship mechanical problems and shares his impressions of the growing fierceness of Japanese resistance. Schallert mentions being impressed by 1st Cavalry loading techniques, getting to know officers from the units they transported, and trading Navy canned fruit for Army C-rations. He discusses morale aboard ship, lacking air cover, and witnessing his first kamikaze attack on an Australian cruiser. Schallert comments on having limited recreation opportunities, seeing the Japanese airplanes at the air base on Hollandia, playing basketball on the tank deck against other 1st crews, and getting a beer ration. He states he was tired and lost weight, but his crew did not have problems with psychological breakdowns, tropical diseases, or liquor. He touches on meeting football-player Harry Stella and the South Pacific native who saved his life. Schallert talks about trading clothing for chickens with Filipino natives. He details receiving orders to be rotated back to the States, assignment as a training officer to Morro Bay (California), and promotion to first lieutenant of the base. Schallert recalls the reactions on VJ Day, driving around a tough area of San Francisco with the Shore Patrol, and calling the police to arrest an ex-Navy man. He reflects on the fanaticism and kamikaze tactics of the Japanese and declares that using the atomic bomb saved lives by making an invasion of Japan unnecessary. After his discharge, he discusses returning to law school at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Schallert comments on having classes full of returning veterans, the more serious attitudes of veteran students, being treated with more respect by professors, and using the GI Bill and a state program for educational finances. He recalls his easy readjustment after his homecoming and his recent involvement with the 1st Association. He highlights the importance of LSTs and amphibious forces to the war effort and wishes to see them get more credit
Oral history interview with David O'Dea by David O'Dea( )

2 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Madison, Wis. native, discusses his World War II service with the 11th Regimental Combat Team, 5th Infantry Division serving in Europe. In basic training when Pearl Harbor was attacked, O'Dea served overseas for the whole of the war. He talks about training with the browning automatic rifle (BAR) at Fort Custer (Michigan), duty in Iceland to prevent German occupation of the island, friendly attitude of Icelanders toward the Germans, and the little amount soldiers interacted with the Icelanders. O'Dea tells of seeing the bodies of Merchant Marines who were killed by a German submarine, additional training in England and Northern Ireland, and orders to France in July of 1944. He describes moving to the front lines, passing the bodies of German troops, repulsing a German attack, carrying the radio alongside the company commander, and seeing American planes bomb St. Lo. He tells of being ambushed while driving through Angers (France), trying to reach the "Falaise Gap" to cut off the Germans, and advancing faster then the gas supply. At the Mosell River front, he touches upon heavy fire, learning to recognize the noise of a shell overhead, and the skill of German machine gunners. O'Dea describes being called for the Battle of the Bulge and taking civilian's white bedsheets to camouflage his uniform. He mentions brief occupation duty in Germany, using the GI Bill to buy a house, and joining the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW)
Oral history interview with James H. Blankenheim by James H Blankenheim( )

2 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

James Blankenheim, a Madison, Wisconsin native, discusses his service during the Vietnam War as a forward air controller with the 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division
Oral history interview with Donald Collins by Donald E Collins( )

2 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Donald E. Collins, a Sunbury, Pennsylvania native, discusses his World War II service in the Pacific theater as a radio striker aboard the USS Finback, a Navy submarine. Collins talks about being too light weight to join the Marines, enlisting in the Navy, boot camp at Sampson Naval Training Center (New York), and practical jokes played during time in an outgoing unit. He discusses assignment to code school at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, meeting his future wife at a USO, attending submarine school at Naval Submarine Base New London (Connecticut), and being inspected for possession of liquor by Charles Spritz. Shipped to Hawaii aboard one of the "Kaiser's coffins" (an escort carrier built by Kaiser Shipbuilding Co.), Collins describes uneasy relations with the Seabees, earning extra money cutting meat, and being evacuated due to a fire. Assigned to the USS Finback (SS-230), he mentions crash course training in wolf pack procedure to work with other boats, and he explains their use of radio silence, LORAN (Long Range Navigation), and offensive tactics. He describes the different sounds heard while underwater, including identifying ships by the sound of their screws. Collins describes submarine rest camps and reflects on the privileges submariners had. He relates his first experience being near exploding depth charges, and he talks about duty in the conning tower and daily life. He talks about listening to Tokyo Rose, printing a ship newspaper, staying at the Royal Hawaiian hotel, having fun with gooney birds, and busting their captain, who had gotten in trouble for breaking into the beer hall, out of confined quarters to have a party. While at Midway, Collins details getting into a fight over a bottle of alcohol, being put in the brig, and their captain's lying to the commodore that they would be demoted as punishment. Collins touches on the submariners' relations with Marines and using a slot machine to get money from the relief crews for parties. He addresses diving procedures, attacking a tanker off of Iwo Jima, and avoiding enemy airplanes. While on air-sea rescue patrol, he talks about picking up George Bush and meeting him again after he became president. Collins describes good relationships with the officers aboard his boat and almost getting attacked by an American destroyer. He relates hearing about the atomic bombs and V-J Day celebrations. He portrays the treatment of two Japanese prisoners of war that they picked up from a ship they sank. While operating with Schnabel's Sharks, he relates hunting German submarines and passing through mine fields, and he tells of a buddy's submarine that was sunk by a mine. Collins describes life aboard the ship: constant pressure, food, card games, and qualification tests. He characterizes Admiral Lockwood, some of the men from the Finback, and his executive officer, who was a mustang. Collins analyzes World War II submarine statistics, and he describes going back to Hawaii years later and being invited aboard the USS Queenfish. While on Christmas leave, he recalls a memorable train ride home. He speaks of running grease guns to guerillas in the Philippines, a hot thirty hours underwater, and turning down a job at Cramp Shipyard in Philadelphia. Collins highlights the importance of having a good sense of humor. After his discharge, he talks about getting married, using the GI Bill to attend the University of Wisconsin-Madison, his career as a parole officer, and overcoming symptoms of post-traumatic stress. Collins mentions his time in the Reserves, working in a Naval Intelligence Unit that was located in someone's basement, and working with an ROTC unit
Oral history interview with Donald F. Townsend by Donald F Townsend( )

2 editions published between 2000 and 2003 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Donald F. Townsend, a Montfort, Wisconsin native, discusses his World War II service with the Coast Guard and his Korean War service with the Navy. Townsend talks about having difficulty enlisting in the Coast Guard because he was too short, limited preliminary training in Michigan, and armed guard duty on oil tankers using guns that he had not been trained to use. After attending Quartermaster school at Manhattan Beach (New Jersey), he touches upon assignment to the new Coast Guard cutter Buttonwood, rescuing men from a damaged ship on the Saint Lawrence River in Quebec, and escorting ships along the east coast of the United States. Townsend portrays his duties and the capabilities of the Buttonwood. Sent to the South Pacific via Galapagos, he mentions escorting oiler ships, R & R in Brisbane (Australia), and requesting a transfer to improve his prospects for promotion. Assigned to the PC-590, he states he spent weeks waiting on Navy bases because the ship could not be located, and he finally caught up to it in the Solomon Islands, where they escorted convoys. Townsend addresses riding the small ship through rough seas and its use of depth charges. At Saipan and Tinian, he describes doing air/sea rescue of B-29 crews, escorting a convoy to Iwo Jima, where they could see fire from flamethrowers, and returning to the United States. Townsend discusses going over the head of a personnel officer to get leave home, brief reassignment to overseas duty on the Cor Caroli (AK-91) as retribution for his actions, and transfer to Miami (Florida), where he kept track of ships returning from Europe. Sent to Key West, Townsend mentions doing air sea rescue aboard the Coast Guard cutter Ariadne between Florida and Cuba until his discharge. He expresses regret that he didn't know enough mathematics to pass the Coast Guard Academy exam. After the war, Townsend talks about looking for work, using the "52-20" GI Bill unemployment benefits, and joining the Naval Reserve while working at Oscar Meyer in Green Bay (Wisconsin). Called to active duty in 1950 for the Korean War, he talks about assignment to the newly recommissioned USS New Jersey as a quartermaster. He comments on taking aboard Vice Admiral Martin and becoming flagship of the Seventh Fleet, based in Yokosuka (Japan). Townsend describes patrol duty, supporting the Marines with Naval gunfire, and closing shutters over the glass windows so the gun's concussion would not break them. He comments on the excellent food aboard ship and entering ship positions and casualties in a logbook. Townsend discusses the short- and long-term damage to his health from being on the bridge when the guns were fired and his failed attempts to get financial support from the Veterans Administration for hearing aids. He speaks of being discharged, attending PC-590 reunions, and hearing about a situation when his ship's gunfire fell short and prevented the retrieval of a Marine friend's body
Oral history interview with Clifford Syverud by Clifford S Syverud( )

2 editions published between 2001 and 2003 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Clifford Syverud, a Black Earth, Wisconsin native, discusses his World War II service as a B-24 radio operator with the 701st Bomb Squadron, 8th Air Force and his time as a German prisoner of war
Oral history interview with Susan A. Pranke by Susan A Pranke( )

1 edition published in 2007 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Susan Pranke, a Green Bay, Wisconsin reside nt, discusses her career in the Army and her service as a Supply Officer during the Persian Gulf War. Born in De Pere (Wisconsin), Pranke attended East De Pere High School and fought a court battle to play on the boys baseball team. Pranke calls herself "one of the forerunners" for equality in women's athletics. Pranke remembers being fascinated by the military early on; at age four she would play with her father's old Soldier's Manual from World War II. Pranke also mentions being inspired by the television show "Gomer Pyle." She discusses her parents' negative reaction to her interest in joining the Army and her decision to wait to enlist until she was in college so she would not need their signature. Pranke attended University of Wisconsin-Green Bay for one year before transferring to University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, where she majored in Recreation Leadership. Pranke describes enlisting in the Army Reserve Office Training Corps (ROTC) during her sophomore year. She reveals she only doubted her decision for "about thirty seconds" when she arrived at basic training at Fort Knox (Kentucky) the summer after her sophomore year. Pranke covers her basic and officer training in detail, remarking that the drill sergeants treated everyone in ROTC "just like G.I.s." She outlines the demographics of her classmates who came from diverse regions. Pranke mentions most women she knew in ROTC had relatives in the military or grew up as "Army brats," which made Pranke feel like a "cold fish out of water." Pranke also describes befriending foreign soldiers in her Army classes from Zaire, Botswana, Sudan, Korea, and Egypt. Between her junior and senior year, she attended Advanced Camp at Fort Riley (Kansas) where soldiers creatively battled wood ticks. Later that summer, Pranke did on-the-job training at Fort Campbell (Kentucky) with a Quartermaster Officer. While at Fort Campbell, Pranke attended Air Assault School which involved rigging materials like jeeps to be picked up by helicopters, rappelling out of Chinsook and Huey helicopters, and completing a ten-mile march in two hours. She tells a story of falling off the helicopter skid during training and bravely rappelling to the ground. Pranke states that she was one of the first 100 women to graduate from Air Assault School and that she was one of only two women in her class to finish the road march. She tells of encountering jealousy and condescension from male classmates when she returned to UW- La Crosse wearing her Air Assault Wings. After graduating college, Pranke applied to become a Military Intelligence Officer, but she was given a Quartermaster Officer commission instead, which she feels was ultimately a better fit. Pranke attended General Troop Support training at Fort Lee (Virginia) before she was given her first assignment in Fort Polk (Louisiana) to a Division. Pranke explains she was happy to go to a Division because she would learn what the "Army was really all about." She praises several officers who were strong role models, including a female Company Commander in her Advanced Individual Training, and Major Dowling whom she worked with in the Division Support Command at Fort Polk. After a couple years at Fort Polk, where Pranke states she was the only female officer, she attended Airborne School at Fort Benning (Georgia) and then Parachute Rigging School in Germany. Pranke describes both experiences in detail, addressing the differences between jumping out of airplanes versus helicopters. She explains rigging school involved packing and repacking parachutes and securing equipment to be airdropped. Pranke feels seeing another woman from Wisconsin who had gone through Rigger School inspired her to go too. She states: "I always had to prove to myself that I was capable of what everybody else was." Following parachute training, Pranke, now a Captain, was put in charge of six people, including a few civilians, in the 29th Area Support Command in Kaiserslautern (Germany). After one year, she became Company Commander of a Rigger Detachment in the 705th Maintenance Battalion, putting her in charge of over 80 soldiers. She comments that "Airborne people [are] a different subset." She notes that she sent four or five soldiers working for her to alcohol and drug rehab. Pranke discusses the effective rehabilitation therapy available to soldiers, but also the difficulty of being the officer to send them there. Pranke relates an encounter with an angry "Army wife" whose husband was in alcohol treatment. She also touches upon personal scandals of soldiers in the Rigger unit: her first lieutenant was discharged for cheating on his wife, and another soldier went to prison for attacking his wife, a German citizen, in a drunken rage. After 21 months as a Company Commander, Pranke went to the University of Montana to be an ROTC instructor and serve on the Accessions Board. Pranke appreciated seeing the assignment process from behind the scenes and being a role model for the cadets. In August, 1990, Pranke was called up to Kuwait, the Persian Gulf War having just begun. Pranke portrays herself as reluctant to go. She was stationed in Saudi Arabia as a Staff Officer in the supply wing of the 18th Airborne Corps, 101st Corps Support Command. By now a Captain Promotable, Pranke states her job was to brief and educate commanders in the Persian Gulf about supply logistics and "what we could offer" units in the area. Pranke expresses frustration at the layers of bureaucracy and the two-day delay in communication that made it hard to deliver accurate reports. Pranke tells a story of the Colonel of the 101st ordering the supply staff to travel 200 miles to get chicken and hamburger meat because he was tired of eating "Meals Ready to Eat." Pranke depicts this Colonel as short-sighted, explaining that her objections were ignored and that the soldiers got sick from the fresh food because their bodies were used to eating MREs. Shortly after arriving in Iraq, Pranke recalls hearing on BBC radio that the war was over. Almost as soon as she got to Iraq, Pranke says, she was sent back to Saudi Arabia with the first wave of troops to return. Pranke states Saudi civilians "would come and be all smiles ... and go out of their way to shake our hands and say, 'Thank you, thank you.'" In Saudi Arabia, Pranke explains she was reestablishing operations and setting up camp for an estimated 10,000 troops. Pranke says because they were the first group back to Saudi Arabia, they had to cater food and hire Sri Lankans to serve it. She details the delivery of bottled water and how trucks would come from Mecca and jostle to be the first unloaded at the dock. Pranke also mentions Saudi civilians would sneak over the fence to steal bottled water while the Army looked the other way. Once the U.S. began to pull out of the Middle East, Pranke reveals that the Saudis raided the base for mattresses, cots, cranes, plywood, and supplies the Army left behind. She comments briefly on interacting with Saudi civilians and seeing nomads, camel herds, and women wearing burqas. Pranke was impressed by the "expressive eyes" of the women. After nearly eight months in Saudia Arabia, Pranke was flown home. A single woman at the time, she recalls that the wives' support group had called her parents and arranged for a former cadet Pranke had taught in Montana to meet her at the airport. Pranke continued her career in the Army, attending Petroleum Supply School and later becoming a logistician officer in Japan for the 500th Military Intelligence Brigade. Now a Major, Pranke had a top secret clearance and learned much about military intelligence. In 1996, Pranke left Japan and retired early, at fifteen years instead of twenty, because there was an excess amount of officers in her class year. Pranke comments on the respect and opportunities that come with having a rank and reveals she was often mistaken for a West Point graduate because of her experience. She mentions joining the Madelyn La Canne 539th American Legion Post for female veterans in Green Bay (Wisconsin). Finally, Pranke reflects on her role as a trailblazer, stating: "I opened a lot of doors and got a lot of second looks" and "you really don't realize what path you're creating until later on in life."
Nuestros veteranos from Wisconsin : Latino veterans, a legacy of valor, honor, and duty to country( Book )

1 edition published in 2008 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Oral history interview with Robert E. Clampitt by Robert E Clampitt( )

2 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Robert E. Clampitt, a Cross Plains, Wisconsin resident, discusses his career with the Army spanning the Korean, Cold, and Vietnam Wars. He discusses his service in Italy along the Isonzo River with the 88th Division, Company K, 350th Infantry after graduating from Intelligence School. He also describes the living conditions that Italian civilians faced after World War II. After a year in Italy, Clampitt reports being discharged and coming back to Madison where he joined the Army Reserve as part of the 84th Airborne Division. He then relates information about his service in Korea with the 24th Division where he served as Staff Sergeant and was assigned to guarding prisoners. Clampitt explains that he re-enlisted for six years in 1960 and was sent to Germany with the 24th Division. He describes his recon patrol along the Berlin Wall and recalls his impression of dealing with the East Germans. He recounts one particular experience of spotting a Russian soldier near the Brandenburg Gate. He states he was given orders to attend Special Warfare School to prepare for Vietnam in 1965, working at the 3rd Corps Tactical Operations Center as a Non-Commissioned Officer-In-Charge (NCOIO). He states that was re-assigned to the University of Wisconsin as an Operations Center Sergeant, where he describes being treated like a second-class citizen. Clampitt illustrates the atmosphere on campus during the Vietnam protests and riots, especially towards police officers and military personnel. He tells of his return to Vietnam in 1968. He states he served as an advisor to the Regional Forces Popular Forces (RFPF) and was sent to the Mekong Delta. Clampitt goes on to give his opinion of the North Vietnamese soldiers and recalls some of his observation missions. He details an incident where he found a 500-pound bomb. Clampitt also recalls encounters with the actor Jimmy Stewart and General Abrams. He describes the food and weather in Vietnam. Clampitt finished his tour in 1969
Oral history interview with Stewart E. Sizemore by Stewart E Sizemore( )

1 edition published in 2005 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Stewart Sizemore, a Huntington, West Virginia native, discusses his Army service in the 24th Infantry Division during the Korean War
Oral history interview with Melvin H. Rickard by Melvin H Rickard( )

1 edition published in 1999 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Melvin Rickard, a Linden, Wisconsin native, discusses his World War II service with the glider unit of the 81st Anti Aircraft Battalion, 101st Airborne Division; he focuses his discussion on the D-Day landing, Operation Market Garden, and his experiences as a prisoner of war. Rickard talks about basic training at Fort Bragg (North Carolina), assignment to a glider unit, the differences between American and English gliders, and training in England in preparation for the invasion of Normandy. He describes the D-Day invasion including Utah Beach landing, taking cover from German aircraft fire, moving inland to take the town of Carentan (France), protecting a bridge under heavy artillery fire, and a close call when a friend was killed. After a furlough in Cornwall (England), Rickard details Operation Market Garden in Holland, including hearing German soldiers talking in the woods, guard duty at night, lack of food because supplies were intercepted by the Germans, hearing the German attack approach, and being unable to communicate with other American and British troops. He tells of surrendering with other American troops, staying with other prisoners of war at a Dutch farm, a visit by German propaganda broadcaster Axis Sally (Mildred Gillars), the packed boxcar ride to Stalag 2B, and interrogation. He touches upon his stay in a German prison including receiving Red Cross packages, exchanging cigarettes for bread and vegetables with the prison guards, having yellow jaundice and an ulcerated tooth, and marching through a blizzard with inadequate shoes as the Russian troops approached. Marching for two and a half months, Rickard recalls the cold, sleeping in barns, becoming familiar with some German civilians, stealing potatoes, and suffering from a bad back and frozen feet. He highlights the importance of Colonel Wallace, a fellow prisoner of war who kept him going. Rickard mentions arriving at Stalag 2A a week before the Russians arrived and the prisoners' decision to stay behind. After liberation, he talks about leaving the camp, scavenging for food and alcohol, and having two Russian soldiers rob him of his wristwatch. After delousing, he remembers being shipped to Camp Lucky Strike (France) and having lunch with General Eisenhower. Rickard mentions playing ping pong at an Army hospital in Macon (Georgia), waiting for enough points to be discharged, and joining the American Legion and Disabled American Veterans. He describes a couple coincidences from his service time, his career afterwards, and his efforts trying to get in touch with his POW friend
Oral history interview with Lawrence Danielson by Lawrence K Danielson( )

1 edition published in 2000 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Lawrence "Larry" Danielson, a La Crosse, Wisconsin native, discusses his Korean War service as a code specialist working with Chinese and Korean languages as part of the 501st Communication Recon Group, 326th Communications Reconnaissance Company. Danielson relates basic and infantry training in Kansas and code school at Fort Devens (Massachusetts). At code school, he touches on learning Morse code and states he had to listen to Morse code while he slept. He details the types of codes used by the Chinese and Koreans. Sent to Korea, Danielson talks about his equipment, monitoring radio traffic, attacks on his detachment, working behind enemy lines, and periodic rest leaves in Japan. He talks about the Korean and Chinese civilian translators working for him in the field and mentions he was not ever allowed to talk about them. He tells of losing a civilian friend because the civilian was driving a brakeless jeep that he hadn't been warned about. Danielson describes the food and mentions getting frostbitten toes. He comments on the secrecy and fear involved with his job. He touches on his work with the National Security Agency in Arlington (Virginia) where he was given tasks "so he would have something to do until I got out." He speaks of his use of the GI Bill, membership in the VFW and American Legion, and career in teaching
Oral history interview with Kenneth C. Ossmann by Kenneth C Ossmann( )

1 edition published in 2001 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Kenneth Ossmann, a Janesville, Wisconsin native, discusses his World War II service with the Air Corps as a pilot with the 16th Bomb Group, 20th Air Force in the Pacific Theater
Oral history interview with John Breske, Jr by John Breske( )

1 edition published in 2004 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

John Breske, Jr., an Eland, Wisconsin native, discusses his Korean War service in the Marine Corps
Oral history interview with Don Fellows by Don Fellows( )

1 edition published in 1995 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Donald A. Fellows, a Madison, Wis. native, discusses his service with the Merchant Marines during World War II and the effects of this service on his life. Fellows joined the Merchant Marines against his parent's wishes, and describes joining the war as a way to distance himself from his parents. He provides a sketch of basic training at San Mateo (California) including strict discipline, abandon ship exercises, and his efforts to evade obstacle course training. He tells of attempts to sabotage shipping in San Francisco harbor and provides second-hand accounts of other attempted sabotage in New York harbor and abroad. Fellows details the mission of the Merchant Marines and shipboard life. Injured abroad, he spent time recovering in Madison, and describes the attitudes he encountered toward a young man perceived as not in the Armed Forces. He recounts VE-Day and VJ-Days, watch duty, and trade with Italians. He comments on experiences with Nazis in Uruguay, Mozambique, South Africa, and Argentina. Fellows mentions on his homecoming and comments on the unique status of Merchant Marines who were not allowed veterans' benefits. He recounts the recent recognition of Merchant Marines as World War II veterans and remarks upon the effects of his service and his injury on his acting career
Oral history interview with Roger S. Boeker by Roger S Boeker( )

1 edition published in 2003 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Roger S. Boeker, a Madison, Wisconsin native, discusses his service with the 3rd Marine Division during the Vietnam War in Da Nang and Phu Bai
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