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Interview on experiences in World War II

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Creator: Stone, T. W.

Date: October 4, 2006

Level of Description: Item

Material Type: Manuscripts

Call Number: World War II Oral Histories Project

Unit ID: 211624

Biographical sketch: T. W. Stone joined the Navy in July 1943 just before his eighteenth birthday. He was sent to Camp Fair, Idaho for basic training and then to Treasure Island at San Francisco, California for three months of advanced training. He was assigned to a supply ship that delivered ammunition and supplies to the South Pacific. Stone describes what materials were transported and that supply ships were vital to American troops' success in the Pacific. Stone was assigned to the ship's bakery and describes his work there and being assigned to a 5 inch 50 gun in the fantail for general quarters. He describes transporting Japanese prisoners of war and 150 million yen to Pearl Harbor, Hawaii from Saipan, Marianas Islands. His ship sailed into Tokyo Bay, Japan on August 30, 1945 and was there when the Japanese surrendered on September 2, 1945 aboard the nearby U.S.S. Missouri. Stone describes the sky as being black with airplanes and the bay crowded with ships on that day. In January 1946, he was sent ashore at Okinawa to wait to board a troop carrier back to California. He was discharged from the Navy in St. Louis, Missouri in March 1946. In 1950, Stone joined the Army Reserve and served as a corporal in Korea from 1950 to 1952. He describes his Korean War service.

Summary: Seaman Stone enlisted in the Navy in 1943 and served until 1946 in the Supply ship. Interviewed by Tiffany Farrow on Oct 4, 2006, Stone 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 Center for Learning Tree Institute (Greenbush) 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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