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Interview on experiences in World War II

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Creator: Hohne, Clarence Leo

Date: March 24, 2005

Level of Description: Item

Material Type: Manuscripts

Call Number: World War II Oral Histories Project

Unit ID: 211370

Biographical sketch: Clarence Hohne enlisted in the Navy within weeks of his 1942 graduation from Neosho Rapids High School. He describes growing up on a farm just west of Olpe, Kansas, the child of immigrant German farmers, and listening to world news and to Father Charles Coughlin (of whom he disapproved) on the radio. He was sent to Farragut, Idaho for basic training. Holne describes winning mile-long track races against other camps. After a two week leave, Holne was shipped to Solomons, Maryland for training in underwater demolition. He remained there until 1944 and was then sent to Mare Island, California for embarkation and sent in a flotilla to Guadalcanal, by way of Hawaii, for practice landings. Holne was part of the pre-invasion amphibious landings in Agana, Guam about seven days before the Allied forces invaded Guam. He describes working to clear mines about 50 feet to 100 yards from shore on Guam. He was reassigned to Motor Machinist Mate 3rd class on a 1290 Landing Craft Tank ship and stationed at Ulithi. This was the refueling and supply base of operations in preparation for the Leyte Gulf, Philippines invasion. Hohne remained at Ulithi until the war ended. He was then set to Yap to disarm the Japanese and to dump their weapons into the sea. His highest service rank was Motor Machinist Mate, Third Class. Hohne was returned to the states and discharged from the service in St. Louis, Missouri in February 1946. The interview transcript includes a detailed timeline of the subjects discussed throughout the interview.

Summary: Hohne enlisted in the Navy in 1942 and served until 1946 in the Underwater demolition; 1290 LCT. Interviewed by Loren Pennington on Mar 24, 2005, Hohne 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 Emporia State University (Flint Hills) and through the Kansas State Historical Society.

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