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Robert Edgar video interview on experiences in World War II (transcript)

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Creator: Edgar, Robert

Date: September 25, 2006

Level of Description: Item

Material Type: Manuscripts

Call Number: World War II Oral Histories Project

Unit ID: 211333

Biographical sketch: Robert Edgar was drafted in April 1944 and went into the Navy. He went through boot camp and radio school at Great Lakes Naval Training Station in Chicago, Illinois. Upon graduation as a radioman, Edgar was sent to Norfolk, Virginia to be put in a ship's crew and sent to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to pick up a new Landing Ship Tank (LST). They took their ship, the LST 1048, down the Ohio and Mississippi rivers to New Orleans, through the Panama Canal, and to Okinawa, which was secured by the time they arrived. They traveled throughout the Philippines delivering troops, tanks, and supplies until Japan surrendered. They made two trips carrying food, troops, and equipment from the Philippines to Japan. He describes his service in the Pacific and life aboard the LST 1048. His highest service rank was Radioman, Second Class. Edgar was returned to the States and discharged from the Navy in June 1946.

Summary: Edgar was inducted into the Navy in 1944 and served until 1946 in the LST 1048. Interviewed by Marian Poe on Sep 25, 2006, Edgar 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 community institutions receiving grants. The transcript of the interview is presented here; the original video copy of the interview is available through the Rice County Historical Society (Lyons) and through the Kansas State Historical Society.

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Title (Main title): Robert Edgar video interview on experiences in World War II (transcript)

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