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Interview on experiences in World War II

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Creator: Breitenbucher, Howard

Date: July 14, 2006

Level of Description: Item

Material Type: Manuscripts

Call Number: World War II Oral Histories Project

Unit ID: 211939

Biographical sketch: Howard Breitenbucher was drafted into the Navy in August 1943 and sent to Farragut, Idaho for basic training. After a brief leave home, he reported for duty at Bremerton, Washington and assigned as a fireman to the U.S.S. Lexington aircraft carrier there. He describes being on land for a total of only two hours in the next thirteen months. He was aboard the U.S.S. Lexington through ten battles in the Pacific. He was sent back to the States and discharged from the Navy at Lambert's Field near St. Louis, Missouri in the spring of 1946.

Summary: Breitenbucher was inducted into the Navy in 1943 and served until 1946 on the U.S.S. Lexington. Interviewed by Helen M. Krische on Jul 14, 2006, Breitenbucher 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 community institutions receiving grants. The transcript of the interview is presented here; the original video copy of the interview is available through the Watkins Community Museum of History (Lawrence) 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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