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Robert Arensdorf interview on experiences in World War II (transcript)

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Creator: Arensdorf, Robert

Date: November 28, 2005

Level of Description: Item

Material Type: Manuscripts

Call Number: World War II Oral Histories Project

Unit ID: 211292

Biographical sketch: Except for the thirteen months he served in the Army signal corps during WWII, Robert Arensdorf had spent his whole life on the farm near Ensign, Kansas. He was drafted when farm deferments were canceled and he was declared A-1. Trained as a teletype operator, he worked briefly as a truck driver before being assigned to serve as a supply clerk in Louisiana and North Carolina. He was able to come home to help with harvest twice. Because he contracted scarlet fever while in the service, which left him with a heart murmur, he was never sent overseas. Never a drinker, gambler, or smoker, Arensdorf sent most of his service pay home to his parents each payday.
After returning to Ensign after the war, he farmed there until late December 2004, when he was forced to retire because of injuries he received in a tractor accident. In the interview, Arensdorf describes growing up in the "Dirty '30s," and his experiences while in the service (training and camp life).

Summary: Robert Arensdorf was drafted into the Army and served in the Signal Corps. Interviewed by Joyce Sullentrop on Nov 28, 2005, Arensdorf talked about military experiences in the Second World War. He was from Ensign, 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): Robert Arensdorf interview on experiences in World War II (transcript)

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