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Interview on experiences in World War II

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Creator: Davis, Cecil

Date: February 21, 2007

Level of Description: Item

Material Type: Manuscripts

Call Number: World War II Oral Histories Project

Unit ID: 211320

Biographical sketch: Cecil Davis was drafted and inducted into the Army at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas in November 1941, a month before the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. He was stationed in Camp Grand, Illinois when war was declared. Although he was trained in aircraft mechanics during basic training, after basic he was transferred to the 115th General Hospital Unit and stationed at Geiger Field in Spokane, Washington where he ran the base infirmary. His application for pilot training was accepted, and he was sent to Shepherd Field, Texas and from there to Roswell, New Mexico. It was 1944 and the pilot training program was closing down. He was transferred back to the medical unit and reassigned to a camp in Illinois where he was organized into the 115th General Hospital unit. The D-Day invasion of Normandy, France happened while he was stationed in Illinois. His unit was sent, by way of Camp Miles Standish near Boston, Massachusetts, to Farragut (or Harrigut), England on the U.S.S. America. They set up a hospital for wounded soldiers who were transported directly from battlefields in Europe. The unit was sent by boat to Europe and up the Rhine River to the staging area at Camp Lucky Strike before being trucked to Castle, Germany. They set up a hospital in General Rimbaud's headquarters. When the war ended in Europe, Davis had enough points to come home, and he was discharged in 1945. He started farming during the summers for his father-in-law and then for himself. He used the G. I. Bill to attend Kansas State Teachers College in Emporia, Kansas and then for a masters degree in business from Denver University. He joined the National Guard in 1949 and was discharged in 1972. Davis taught school for many years in Liberal, Kansas and at Garden City Junior College in Garden City, Kansas. He retired in Garden City and continues to farm there.

Summary: Staff Sergeant Davis entered the Army in 1941 and served until 1945 in the 115th General Hospital Unit. Interviewed by Joyce Suellentrop on Feb 21, 2007, Davis 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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