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Interview on experiences in World War II

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Creator: Crow, Roy Laverne

Date: April 30, 2007

Level of Description: Item

Material Type: Manuscripts

Call Number: World War II Oral Histories Project

Unit ID: 211690

Biographical sketch: Roy Crow was drafted in 1944 and chose to join the Navy while being inducted at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. He was sent to Great Lakes for basic training and then to the amphibious base at Camp Bradford, Virginia for advanced training on the operation of an L.S.T. (landing ship, tank). He was assigned to a ship's crew and sent to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to pick up their new ship, LST 1045, which they took down the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers to New Orleans, Louisiana. The ship took on supplies and taken to Roosevelt Ammunition Dock at Mobile, Alabama to load 105 howitzers and a ten man canine unit to guard the ammunition. They returned to New Orleans and headed to the South Pacific through the Panama Canal. Crow describes being strafed by Japanese airplanes at Okinawa, being sent out to sea from Okinawa to weather a typhoon, and being part of the flotilla that evacuated the residents of the Peleliu Islands to Pusan, Korea. The ship was in Guam when the end of the war was announced. His ship participated in transporting the first of the U.S. troops stationed as occupation forces in Japan and describes landing in Wakayma, Japan. He was discharged from the Navy at Norman, Oklahoma and returned to working on the railroad in Harper County, Kansas.

Summary: Crow was drafted into the Navy in 1944 and served until 1946 in the L.S.T. 1045. Interviewed by Steve Germes on Apr 30, 2007, Crow 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 Greater Barber County Historical Action Assn 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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