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Interview on experiences in World War II

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Creator: Musbach, Allen

Date: July 18, 2006

Level of Description: Item

Material Type: Manuscripts

Call Number: World War II Oral Histories Project

Unit ID: 211428

Biographical sketch: Allen "Al" Musbach had been out of high school in Ness City, Kansas for a couple of years and was working as a printer at the "Ness City News" before the war began. He was drafted in February 1942, inducted into the Army Infantry at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, and shipped to Camp Robinson, Arkansas for basic training. In April 1942, he was sent to Camp Shelby, Mississippi for advanced training until the end of September 1942. He was shipped to Fort Ord, California to be equipped and processed and then sent to San Francisco, California to await embarkation. He left San Francisco on October 3, 1942 bound for Auckland, New Zealand. He was assigned to Company E, 103rd Infantry Regiment, 43rd Division. From New Zealand they were sent to Noumea, New Caledonia from November 1942 to February 1943. They went next to the Russell Islands for several months where Musbach worked as a stevedore unloading supply ships. His first combat experience was in taking an airfield from the Japanese at the New Georgia island group in the Solomon Islands. He describes the battle in great detail. He was struck in the face by shrapnel and evacuated out to the 20th Station hospital in Guadalcanal. He returned to his company in October 1943. After Christmas, the regiment was sent back to Auckland, New Zealand for three or four months to recover and receive replacements and then to New Guinea. He describes his experiences in New Guinea. Musbach was sent back to States before the war ended and was stationed in Hot Springs, Arkansas and in Camp Robinson, Arkansas where he conducted a training cadre. He was asked to go on a bond drive and was sent to Fort Benning, Georgia for training in mock warfare for bond drives from the middle of May through July 4, 1945 throughout Oklahoma and eastern Kansas. He then returned to Fort Benning to train for a bomb drive. He was in Kansas City on his way to be discharged at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas when he heard that the war had ended with Japan's surrender. He returned to Ness City, Kansas and his job as printer at the "Ness City News" newspaper.

Summary: First Sergeant Musbach was drafted into the Army (Infantry) in 1942 and served until 1945 in the Company E, 103rd Infantry Regiment, 43rd Division. Interviewed by Lynette Stenzel on Jul 18, 2006, Musbach 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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