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Interview on experiences in World War II

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Creator: Gantz, Robert

Date: December 15, 2006

Level of Description: Item

Material Type: Manuscripts

Call Number: World War II Oral Histories Project

Unit ID: 211345

Biographical sketch: Robert "Bob" Gantz had just graduated from high school in Ness City, Kansas when he enlisted in the Army Air Corps in May 1943 in Dodge City, Kansas. He describes how the school's curriculum had changed since the war's beginning to provide advanced mathematics, physics, astronomy, and aviation courses. Gantz was inducted into the service at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas several months later after the Army had assembled large class for navigation training. His first base was Kessler Field in Biloxi, Mississippi for basic training. He was sent to Goodfellow Field in San Angelo, Texas for aviation training on Orion airplanes. Gantz was sent for further training to a twin engine field in Arkansas and to the University of Florida for a semester and then for B-29 training in Alabama. He was still in training - a special advanced course at Selman Field in Louisiana - when the war ended with Japan's surrender. He was flown to Lincoln, Nebraska and discharged from the service in late 1945.

Summary: Gantz enlisted in the Army (Air Force) in 1943 and served until 1945. Interviewed by Casey Pridey on Dec 15, 2006, Gantz 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 video copy of the interview is available through the Frank Stull American Legion #152 (Ness City) and through the Kansas State Historical Society.

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