Wartime Military Experiences 1992ohrc081

A Guide to the Collection of Oral History Interviews at Indiana University Bloomington


Finding aid created by: Finding aid prepared by the staff of the Center for the Study of History and Memory with a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities Division of Preservation and Access, 2000-2002


Creator Indiana University Center for the Study of History and Memory
Title: Wartime Military Experiences
Dates: 1992
Quantity: 12 interviewsAudio files, transcripts, and collateral materials
Abstract: This project consists of interviews with war veterans. Interviewees discuss their war and military experiences. World War I through the Vietnam War are covered in this project. The interviews include discussions of military food, shelter, weapons, and travel.
Location: Interviews are housed in Franklin Hall, Room 0030B. Copies of interview transcripts are also held by the IU Libraries University Archives. Contact archives@indiana.edu for more information. For other locations housing the interviews from this project, please contact the Center for Documentary Research and Practice office.
Language: Materials are in English
Repository: Center for Documentary Research and Practice

Scope and Content Note

This collection contains twelve interviews conducted in August of 1992. The interviews range from nineteen to seventy-one minutes. All interviews consist of audio tapes but are not transcibed.


Restrictions

Usage Restrictions: The archive of the Center for Documentary Research and Practice at Indiana University is open to the use of researchers. Copies of transcript pages are available only when such copies are permitted by the deed of gift. Scholars must honor any restrictions the interviewee placed on the use of the interview. Since some of our earlier (pre-computer) transcripts do not exist in final form, any editing marks in a transcript (deletions, additions, corrections) are to be quoted as marked. Audio files may not be copied for patrons unless the deed of gift permits it, and a transcript is unavailable for that interview. The same rules of use that apply to a transcript apply to the audio interview. Interviews may not be reproduced in full for any public use, but excerpted quotes may be used as long as researchers fully cite the data in their research, including accession number, interview date, interviewee's and interviewer's name, and page(s).


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

[interviewee first name last name] interview, by [interviewer first name last name], [interview date(s)], [call number], [project name], Center for Documentary Research and Practice, Indiana University, Bloomington, [page number(s) or tape number and side if no transcript; if digital audio and no transcript, cite time when quote occurs].

Acquisition Information

Oral history interviews conducted by the Indiana University Center for the Study of History and Memory from 1968 to the present, with particular focus on the history of twentieth-century America and the Midwest.


Table of Contents


92-021 Arnold, Edward August, 1992
CreatorWelch, Ted Not transcribed; 1 tape, 1 7/8 ips, 27 minutes
Access Status
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Scope and Content Note
Edward Arnold, born July 30, 1933, discusses his experience in the navy during the Korean War through 1956. He served on the USS Princeton and the USS Orka. He discusses ship life, accidental deaths, and racial discrimination. He also discusses the end of the war.
92-023 Cooper, Marion August, 1992
CreatorWelch, Ted Not transcribed; 1 tape, 1 7/8 ips, 20 minutes
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Scope and Content Note
Marion Cooper, born November 24, 1921, describes his experiences in the military during World War II. Cooper discusses racial discrimination, military life, and the barracks.
92-022 Evans, Maurice August, 1992
CreatorWelch, Ted Not transcribed; 2 tapes, 1 7/8 ips, 71 minutes; newspaper articles about interviewee
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Scope and Content Note
Maurice W. Evans, born January 24, 1894, discusses his experience as an African American in the army during World War I. He discusses basic training, travel to France, and his duties while in France as a member of a supply company. He also discusses military life, barracks, food and homecoming. He discusses racial discrimination in the army that he witnessed and experienced.
92-029 First, Chester August, 1992
CreatorWelch, Ted Not transcribed; 1 tape, 1 7/8 ips, 22 minutes
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Chester First, born 1916, discusses his experiences in the army during World War II. He describes his most memorable experiences, military food, shelter, and combat.
92-019 Hurt, Richard August, 1992
CreatorWelch, Ted Not transcribed; 1 tape, 1 7/8 ips, 25 minutes
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Scope and Content Note
Richard Hurt, born March 8, 1933, discusses his experiences in the military during the Korean War. He explains why he joined the service and his voyage to Korea. He also discusses combat, military life, and racial discrimination.
92-028 Interland, Greg August, 1992
CreatorWelch, Ted Not transcribed; 1 tape, 1 7/8 ips, 25 minutes
Access Status
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Scope and Content Note
Greg Interland discusses his experience as a soldier in Vietnam. He discusses combat, food, and housing of war. He also describes the North Vietnamese and Viet Cong. He describes discrimination against African-American troops and the negative public response to all the soldiers that fought in Vietnam.
92-025 Jackson, Joseph August, 1992
CreatorWelch, Ted Not transcribed; 1 tape, 1 7/8 ips, 37 minutes
Access Status
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Scope and Content Note
Joseph Jackson, born December 2, 1917, discusses being in the United States Navy during World War II. He describes the USS York, training, his work, and his illnesses.
92-026 Lascall, Carl August, 1992
CreatorWelch, Ted Not transcribed; 1 tape, 1 7/8 ips, 19 minutes
Access Status
Restricted: Contact the Center for the Study of History and Memory for more information.
Scope and Content Note
Carl Lascall, born October 3, 1919, discusses serving in the 96th Special Battalion of the United States Army during World War II. He discusses the work that he did, his travels with the military and the living conditions. He talks about the lack of celebration at his return after the war, and he also talks about his career as a truck driver.
92-027 Miller, Wilbert August, 1992
CreatorWelch, Ted Not transcribed; 1 tape, 1 7/8 ips, 34 minutes
Access Status
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Scope and Content Note
Wilbert Miller, born 1911, discusses his experience in the military during World War II. He discusses the training of African-American troops in San Antonio, Texas. He describes racial segregation and discrimination that he and others experienced. He also discusses his medical discharge and his return to Bloomington, Indiana.
92-020 Taylor, Joseph August, 1992
CreatorWelch, Ted Not transcribed; 1 tape, 1 7/8 ips, 31 minutes
Access Status
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Scope and Content Note
Joseph Taylor, born March 2, 1922 describes being drafted into the military during World War II. He explains his job as a military cook on the battlefront. He discusses being in Normandy on D-Day and his experience when his outfit was captured by enemy troops and he was not. He also describes seeing many German soldiers surrender to become prisoners of war. The interviewee then discusses returning to the United States.
92-024 Towers, Willie August, 1992
CreatorWelch, Ted Not transcribed; 1 tape, 1 7/8 ips, 48 minutes
Scope and Content Note
Willie Towers, born 1933, describes his experiences in the army from 1953-1955, while he was stationed in Korea. He discusses military daily life and his responsibilities as a tank driver and gunner. He also discusses being drafted at the same time that the military was integrating the troops. He discusses racial discrimination he experienced in basic training and when he requested a promotion.
Access Status
Restricted: Contact the Center for Documentary Research and Practice for more information.
92-030 Wisneski, Richard August, 1992
CreatorWelch, Ted Not transcribed; 1 tape 1 7/8 ips, 35 minutes
Access Status
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Scope and Content Note
Richard Wisneski, born 1934, discusses his experience in the United States Marine Corps. He discusses training, the Korean War, and being stationed in Honolulu, Hawaii. Wisneski also describes military food, recreation, combat, weapons, and housing.