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Interview on experiences in World War II

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Creator: Jones, Arthur


Level of Description: Item

Material Type: Manuscripts

Call Number: World War II Oral Histories Project

Unit ID: 211380

Biographical sketch: Arthur Jones was drafted into the Army Artillery in September 1942 and sent to Camp Roberts, California for basic training. He was assigned to El Cajon, California with the 219th Field Artillery Battalion and sent from there to Alabama and North Carolina for maneuvers. The Battalion was shipped to England and was in Wales on maneuvers when D-Day occurred. They landed in Normandy in July 1942 and captured St. Lo, France. Jones was a messenger for Battalion headquarters and describes his duties, being on the road in his jeep, and how the Battalion advanced from town to town. The 219th were sent by General Patton to Bastogne and were in the Battle of the Bulge. Jones describes a battle in Erpin, Germany near the Elbe River where his friend was killed on February 24, 1945. Jones received the Silver Star for his service in that battle. When the war ended, he had enough points to be sent home and discharged from the service.

Summary: Jones was drafted into the Army (Artillery) in 1942 and served until 1945 in the 219th Field Artillery Battalion, 35th Division, 3rd Army. Interviewed by Joyce SuellentropJones 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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