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Interview on experiences in World War II

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Creator: Riebel, Victor Joseph

Date: September 6, 2006

Level of Description: Item

Material Type: Manuscripts

Call Number: World War II Oral Histories Project

Unit ID: 211447

Biographical sketch: In March 1945, two months after his eighteenth birthday, high school senior Victor "Vic" Riebel was drafted into the Army. He received his basic Army Infantry training at Camp Fanning, Texas and was sent to Italy in 1945 on an aircraft carrier. He was attached to the Army Air Corp and worked as part of the four man crash crew at an airport in Leghorn, Italy from January 1945 to August 1946. He describes working as with the crash crew and about surviving a bomb explosion that destroyed their tent and the base kitchen. In August 1946 he was reassigned to headquarters as a lieutenant's driver and aide. He was returned to the States and discharged from the service in Maryland in September 1946.

Summary: Riebel was drafted into the Army (Infantry) in 1945 and served until 1946. Interviewed by Clint Bain on Sep 6, 2006, Riebel 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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Title (Main title): Interview on experiences in World War II

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