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Interview on experiences in World War II

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Creator: George, Virgel

Date: October 17, 2005

Level of Description: Item

Material Type: Manuscripts

Call Number: World War II Oral Histories Project

Unit ID: 211348

Biographical sketch: Virgel George was drafted in March 1945. He was inducted into the Army Infantry in Kansas City and sent to Camp Maxie, Texas for basic training. He was sent to Fort Warren in Cheyenne, Wyoming for quartermaster corp training in truck maintenance and then sent to Fort Carson, Colorado to be trained as a truck driver under blackout conditions. He was still in training when the war ended. He was shipped to Japan in April 1946 as part of the occupation forces and describes going through a typhoon and arriving in Yokohama with a leaky boat. George was part of the Quartermaster Corps truck company and drove troops around the country, as needed. He describes what it was like to be in Japan in 1946. He was discharged from the service in late 1946. He was awarded a Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal, WW2 Victory Medal, and an Army of Occupation Medal for his service.

Summary: Private George was drafted into the Army (Infantry) in 1945 and served until 1946 in the Quartermaster Corps. Interviewed by Joyce Suellentrop on Oct 17, 2005, George 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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