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Interview on experiences in World War II

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Creator: Flowers, Johnny

Date: March 6, 2006

Level of Description: Item

Material Type: Manuscripts

Call Number: World War II Oral Histories Project

Unit ID: 211340

Biographical sketch: Johnny Flowers was drafted at eighteen years old while he was still a student at Cimmaron High School in Cimarron, Kansas. He received a physical examination and was allowed to graduate high school before reporting to duty with the Navy. He was trained in Farragut, Idaho and sent to San Francisco, California for assignment to the new U.S.S. Coleman transport ship. Flowers describes his life as part of a Navy crew aboard ship in the Pacific during war time and when he was called to steer the ship as coxswain for five hours during a typhoon off Okinawa. The U.S.S. Coleman was standing off Japan when Germany surrendered in May 1945 and at an unnamed island when Japan surrendered in August 1945. Flowers was one point shy of being discharged, and was assigned to Hong Kong to ferry Chinese troops to Russia for three months. He was returned to San Francisco and discharged from the Navy in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma in 1946.

Summary: Flowers was drafted into the Navy and served until 1946 in the U.S.S. Coleman. Interviewed by Joyce Suellentrop on Mar 6, 2006, Flowers 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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