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Robert Idol video interview on experiences in World War II (transcript)

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Creator: Idol, Robert Milward

Date: February 1, 2008

Level of Description: Item

Material Type: Manuscripts

Call Number: World War II Oral Histories Project

Unit ID: 212212

Biographical sketch: Robert Idol was drafted into the Army Infantry in March 1945 and send to Camp Maxey, Texas for basic training. After a leave home, Idol and his fellow Camp Maxey graduates were shipped to Fort Ord, California for overseas processing. They were en route to Manila, Philippines as part of the combat replacement troops for the Pacific theater when the war ended with Japan?s surrender. Idol was assigned to the quartermaster battalion and worked to organize sending the battle unit home from Europe. He describes living in Manila after the war had ended, and visiting nearby Corregidor to see the Japanese military emplacements. He was still in Manila when the Philippines gained independence from the United States on July 4, 1946. Generals Dwight Eisenhower and Douglas McArthur were there for the ceremonies. He returned to the States and was discharged from the Army in 1947 and resumed his studies at the University of Kansas on the G.I. Bill.

Summary: Robert Idol was drafted into the Army (Infantry) in 1945 and served until 1947 in the Quartermaster Battalion. He was stationed in Manila, Philippines, and was involved in arrangements to sent troops home. He was in Manila when the Philippines received its independence on July 4, 1946. Both General Eisenhower and Gen. MacArthur were there for the event and Idol saw both of them. He family lived in Robinson, Kansas when he was born on October 25, 1926, but he was born in a hospital in St. Joseph, Missouri. After attending Kansas University on the G. I. Bill, he became a third generation banker in the family bank. He was interviewed by Suzette McCord-Rogers on Feb. 1, 2008. 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 Doniphan County Historical Society (Troy) and through the Kansas State Historical Society.

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Title (Main title): Robert Idol video interview on experiences in World War II (transcript)

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