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Interview on experiences in World War II

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Creator: Johnson, Wilford E.

Date: July 6, 2006

Level of Description: Item

Material Type: Manuscripts

Call Number: World War II Oral Histories Project

Unit ID: 211379

Biographical sketch: Wilford Johnson was farming south of Alden, Kansas for much of the war and then entered the Navy in March or April 1945. He was sent to San Diego, California for basic training and went immediately into the hospital for hernia surgery. While there, he contracted Scarlet Fever, mumps and the measles. He was still in San Diego when the war ended with Japan's surrender. He was shipped to Tsingtao, China and describes meeting his brother, also in the Navy, while on liberty in Tsingtao one day. He requested a transfer to his brother's ship, the U.S.S. Crosley, and served with him for five or six months aboard the U.S.S. Crosley as it traveled from Tsingtao to Shanghai and back again. His highest service rank was Carpenter's Mate, Third Class. Johnson was sent back to the States and discharged from the service in July 1946.

Summary: Johnson was inducted into the Navy in 1945 and served until 1946 on the U.S.S. Crosley. Interviewed by Marian Poe on Jul 6, 2006, Johnson 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 community institutions receiving grants. The transcript of the interview is presented here; the original video copy of the interview is available through the Rice County Historical Society (Lyons) 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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