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Interview on experiences in World War II

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Creator: Graham, William Homer

Date: September 25, 2000

Level of Description: Item

Material Type: Manuscripts

Call Number: World War II Oral Histories Project

Unit ID: 211949

Biographical sketch: William Graham was drafted a month after his eighteenth birthday and inducted into the Army Infantry at Camp Robinson, Arkansas in February 1945. He was sent to Camp Walters, Texas for basic training. In May 1945 he contracted rheumatic fever and was moved to Foster General Hospital in Jackson, Mississippi for treatment. He met WAC nurse's aide Margaret "Marty" O'Driscoll there and they decided to marry. When the war ended with Japan's surrender, those servicemen who were in the hospital were scheduled to be discharged in October. Bill and Marty married on October 31st so that she would be discharged from the service as well (as a WAC, she couldn't be married to a serviceman and remain in the Army to complete her tour of duty). They married and both were honorably discharged from the Army soon thereafter.

Summary: Graham was inducted into the Army (Infantry) in 1945 and served until 1945. Interviewed by Pattie Johnston on Sep 25, 2000, Graham 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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