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Interview on experiences in World War II

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Creator: Hardesty, Jim

Date: June 20, 2006

Level of Description: Item

Material Type: Manuscripts

Call Number: World War II Oral Histories Project

Unit ID: 211362

Biographical sketch: Eighteen year old Jim Hardesty was drafted into the Army Infantry in May 1945 just six days after graduating from Meade High School in Meade, Kansas. He was sent for seventeen weeks of basic infantry training in South Camp Hood near Killeen, Texas in preparation for the November 8, 1945 invasion of Japan. Hardesty describes the Texas training as "pure Hell" with daily marches in 100 degree heat. When the war ended with Japan's surrender in August 1945, was in Fort Ord, California preparing to ship out to the South Pacific. Hardesty was reassigned to complete his term of service as a prison guard at the U.S. Disciplinary Barracks in North Camp Hood near Gatesville, Texas, about twenty miles from where he'd gone through basic training. He was a prison guard for nearly eighteen months and describes his experiences there.

Summary: Hardesty entered the Army (Infantry) in 1945 and served in the U.S. Disciplinary Barracks. Interviewed by Joyce Suellentrop on Jun 20, 2006, Hardesty 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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