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Interview on experiences in World War II

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Creator: Addison, Leroy

Date: June 20, 2006

Level of Description: Item

Material Type: Manuscripts

Call Number: World War II Oral Histories Project

Unit ID: 211290

Biographical sketch: Leroy Addison was drafted in 1944 and chose to serve in the Navy. While in training at the Great Lakes' sonar and radio school, he accepted an offer to be a saxophonist in the Twelfth Regiment's band. He spent his wartime years as a band musician on a submarine tender stationed at Midway Island in the Pacific. The band entertained submarine crews who were at Midway, for a few weeks at a stretch, while they waited for the tender's repair crew to complete refitting work on their submarines. After his Navy service ended in 1946, Addison returned to Cimmaron, Kansas, to work on the family farm. He joined a dance band, led by Rocky Hansen of Great Bend, that performed from Texas to South Dakota.

Summary: Leroy Addison was drafted into the Navy in 1944 and served until 1946 in the Twelfth Regiment. Interviewed by Joyce Sullentrop on Jun 20, 2006, Addison talked about military experiences in the Second World War. He was from Cimarron, Kansas. The 2005 Kansas Legislature passed a bill funding the WWII Veterans Oral History grant program. This transcript is from one of the nine community institutions that received these grants. The transcript from the interview is presented here; the original audio copy of the interview is available through the Gray County Veterans Memorial & Archives and through the Kansas State Historical Society.

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Title (Main title): Interview on experiences in World War II

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019-14-04-03  Cassette Audio Tape 

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