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Oral history interview with Karl K. Kleemann, 1999.

Author: Karl K Kleemann; James F McIntosh; Wisconsin Veterans Museum.
Edition/Format:   Archival material : Cassette recording : VHS tape : English
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Karl K. Kleemann, an Oconomowoc, Wisconsin native, discusses his World War II service as an anti-aircraft gunner with Section 8, Battery B, 485th Anti-Aircraft Battalion in the South Pacific. Kleemann talks about anti-aircraft training in the desert near Camp Stoneman (California), a shortage of fatigues in the States, and getting food poisoning. He comments on his fifteen-man section, weapon technology, and combat  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Personal narratives, American
Named Person: Karl K Kleemann
Material Type: Videorecording
Document Type: Archival Material
All Authors / Contributors: Karl K Kleemann; James F McIntosh; Wisconsin Veterans Museum.
OCLC Number: 85270441
Event notes: Interviewed by James F. McIntosh on June 23, 1999 in Madison, Wisconsin.
Description: Sound recording : 1 audiocassette (ca. 40 min.) ; analog, 1 7/8 ips. Videorecording : 1 videocassette (ca. 40 min.) ; sd., col. ; 1/2 in. Master sound recording : 1 audiocassette (ca. 40 min.) ; analog, 1 7/8 ips. Transcript : 21 p. Military papers : 0.1 linear ft. (1 folder)
Details: VHS-C format.

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Karl K. Kleemann, an Oconomowoc, Wisconsin native, discusses his World War II service as an anti-aircraft gunner with Section 8, Battery B, 485th Anti-Aircraft Battalion in the South Pacific. Kleemann talks about anti-aircraft training in the desert near Camp Stoneman (California), a shortage of fatigues in the States, and getting food poisoning. He comments on his fifteen-man section, weapon technology, and combat training in Hawaii. Stationed in the Philippines, he touches upon having a lack of current news and providing anti-aircraft protection for the infantry. He talks about life in the Philippines, including getting jungle rot and living off K-rations and pancakes. Kleemann also mentions landing on Okinawa, where his unit was credited with shooting down six Japanese planes. He discusses military life on Okinawa including living in tents, interaction with the Seabees, and being bombed by Japanese planes. One night, Kleemann recalls being alarmed by noises, which turned out to be from a wounded animal. He describes getting playing cards from the Red Cross, celebrations on V-J Day, and remaining on Okinawa with nothing to do until January of 1946. Kleemann touches upon joining the Veterans of Foreign Wars and volunteering with his wife at the Veterans Administration hospital. He reflects that his time in the service was good for his health.

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