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Interview on experiences in World War II

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Creator: Hungate, Sr., Robert B.

Date: August 25, 2006

Level of Description: Item

Material Type: Manuscripts

Call Number: World War II Oral Histories Project

Unit ID: 211372

Biographical sketch: Robert Hungate joined the Navy after receiving a degree in engineering from Fort Hays State University. He attended midshipman school at Columbia University in New York City and, upon graduation, was assigned to Norfolk, Virginia for amphibious forces training. He served in charge of motor mechanics aboard the U.S.S. Warren troop transport ship in the Pacific and describes his duties and going through a typhoon. He transferred to the U.S.S. Repose hospital ship that carried nurses to Okinawa in preparation for the land invasion of Japan. The war ended and he returned to the States for discharge from the service in December 1945. Hungate describes entering the service, training, and his life on a troop transport ship in the Pacific. He describes service on the hospital ship and his return to civilian life after being discharged.

Summary: Hungate entered the Navy in 1942 and served until 1945 in the U.S.S. Warren APA 53; U.S.S. Repose. Interviewed by Sara McFarland on Aug. 25, 2006, Hungate 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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