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Interview on experiences in World War II

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Creator: Jantz, Leo

Date: October 17, 2005

Level of Description: Item

Material Type: Manuscripts

Call Number: World War II Oral Histories Project

Unit ID: 211377

Biographical sketch: Leo Jantz, the youngest of four Jantz brothers who served in WWII, graduated from high school in Cimarron, Kansas. He was drafted into the Army in 1946, despite physical problems with his knees, and sent to Fort Bliss, Texas for basic training. He was sent to Seattle, Washington for embarkation and shipped to Otsu, Japan as part of the occupation forces there. Jantz describes being in Japan and his experiences in a Japanese-staffed hospital there. After seven months in Japan, his previous physical disability worsened and he was sent back to the States aboard a hospital ship. He was granted a certified disability discharge in 1947.

Summary: Jantz entered the Army (Infantry) in 1946 and served until 1947 in the Occupation Forces. Interviewed by Joyce Suellentrop on Oct 17, 2005, Jantz 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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019-14-04-07  Cassette Audio Tape (2) 

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