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Interview on experiences in World War II

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Creator: Jedlicka, Frank W.

Date: November 13, 2006

Level of Description: Item

Material Type: Manuscripts

Call Number: World War II Oral Histories Project

Unit ID: 211790

Biographical sketch: Frank Jedlicka was drafted into the Army Air Corp at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas in October 1942 and sent to St. Petersburg, Florida for basic training. He'd qualified as a mechanic and was taken out of basic and sent to A & M school at Gulf Port, Mississippi. After graduation, Jedlicka was sent to the Ford plant in Dearborn, Michigan where he was assigned work on the engine change crew for several years. He ended up being stationed at a dozen bases throughout the U.S. changing engines where pilots were trained. He was stationed in Florence, South Carolina when the war ended and describes the bucket brigade that carried aviation fuel to cars so that servicemen could go into town to celebrate. He was discharged on February 23, 1946 at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas and returned to Ness City, Kansas to farm.

Summary: Jedlicka was drafted into the Army (Air Force) in 1942 and served until 1946. Interviewed by Megan Gerstner on Nov 13, 2006, Jedlicka 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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