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Interview on experiences in World War II

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Creator: Jones, Cecil

Date: January 10, 2007

Level of Description: Item

Material Type: Manuscripts

Call Number: World War II Oral Histories Project

Unit ID: 211381

Biographical sketch: Cecil Jones was working construction on a new airbase northwest of Dodge City, Kansas when he received a draft notice. In February 1943, he and others from Ness City went to Kansas City for induction, and Jones chose to join the Marine Corps. He was sent by train to the Marine Corps Recruit depot in San Diego, California for basic training, where he earned an expert rifleman's badge as the top rifleman in his platoon and third highest of 500 men firing that day. He applied for Marine Aviation and was sent to the Airplane Mechanic School in Norman, Oklahoma. Upon graduation, Jones was sent back to San Diego and assigned as a mechanic to a squadron of 15 transport airplanes. He describes going into Los Angeles on leave and hearing Les Brown's band there. The squadron was shipped out and stationed in Hawaii for six months and then moved to Hemeru Island just north of Guadalcanal. Jones describes flying mail and cargo all over the southwest Pacific, and of flying wounded Marines from battlefields like Iwo Jima or Palau to the hospital in Guam. The squadron was sent back to the States to regroup for the invasion of Japan. They were in El Central, California when they received word that Japan had surrendered. Weeks later he was shipped to San Diego and discharged from the Marines in October 1945.

Summary: Jones was drafted into the Marine Corps in 1943 and served until 1945. Interviewed by Clint Bain on Jan 10, 2007, Jones 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 video copy of the interview is available through the Frank Stull American Legion #152 (Ness City) and through the Kansas State Historical Society.

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