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Interview on experiences in World War II

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Creator: Cox, Jr., J. T.

Date: June 21, 2006

Level of Description: Item

Material Type: Manuscripts

Call Number: World War II Oral Histories Project

Unit ID: 211317

Biographical sketch: J. T. Cox, Jr. was drafted in 1943 and sent to North Carolina for basic training as a glider trooper. After basic, he went to Tennessee on maneuvers and volunteered for paratrooper training. In August 1944, he was shipped to England. In December 1945, his unit was flown into France and marched to the Ardennes to fight in the Battle of the Bulge. He was a sergeant in command of a light machine gun squad of paratroopers. He was wounded in the Ardennes in January 1945 by shrapnel from a German 88 shell, and then shot in both legs after crossing the Rhine River at Brussels on March 24, 1945. He was still in the hospital in Lees, Belgium for four months before rejoining his outfit, then in Germany, about three weeks before the war ended in Europe. What was left of the 17th Airborne Division was sent to the 13th Airborne Division to be shipped to Japan. Cox was on board ship headed for New York City when the war ended in August 1945. He was sent home on furlough for a month and a half and then sent to Camp Crowder, Missouri to be discharged in October 1945. He was awarded a Purple Hear and an Oak Leaf Gold Cluster.

Summary: Sergeant Cox, Jr. was drafted into the Army (Infantry) in 1943 and served until 1945 in the 82nd Airborne Division, 17th Airborne Division, 13th Airborne Division. Interviewed by Joyce Suellentrop on Jun 21, 2006, Cox, Jr. talked about military experiences in the Second World War. 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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