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Interview on experiences in World War II

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Creator: Miller, Frank X.

Date: September 22, 2006

Level of Description: Item

Material Type: Manuscripts

Call Number: World War II Oral Histories Project

Unit ID: 211422

Biographical sketch: Frank Miller enlisted in the Navy under the V-7 (victory plus 7 years) program while he was still in college at Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas so that he could finish college before being inducted into active service in August 1943 in Chicago, Illinois. He attended Midshipmen school in downtown Chicago for four months. He requested submarine service and was sent to San Diego, California for duty on a submarine patrolling along the Pacific coast for a few months and then transferred to New London, Connecticut and assigned as Gunnery Officer on a destroyer and sent to Guam. He describes patrolling for submarines and picking up downed American pilots. The U.S.S. Rowe was in San Diego, California for repairs and overhaul when the Japanese surrendered and the war ended. Miller was transferred to Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and served as a Navy ROTC instructor there. He was discharged from the Navy in August 1946.

Summary: Lieutenant (jr. grade) Miller enlisted in the Navy in 1943 and served until 1946 in the U.S.S. Rowe 418, 5th Fleet. Interviewed by Ben Henning on Sep 22, 2006, Miller 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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