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Stanley McCauley video interview on experiences in World War II

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Creator: McCauley, Stanley

Date: January 1, 2007

Level of Description: Item

Material Type: Manuscripts

Call Number: World War II Oral Histories Project

Unit ID: 212214

Biographical sketch: Stanley McCauley enlisted in the Navy in February 1945 just a few months before he would have graduated from Highland High School (his school?s principal graduated him anyway). He was sent to basic and yeoman training in San Diego, California. The war ended with Japan?s surrender in August 1945, and McCauley was assigned as a yeoman at the Great Lakes Naval Training Center north of Chicago, Illinois to process discharges for returning Navy personnel. He spent some time in Bremerton, Washington separating personnel off of ships there and at the Swan Island Naval Barracks in Portland, Oregon. He describes living off base and working regular 8AM-5PM shifts without having to stand guard duty or KP. McCauley was discharged from the Navy in August 1946 and returned to Highland, Kansas to live.

Summary: Stanley McCauley enlisted in the Navy in 1945 and served until 1946. He went to boot camp in San Diego, California, and then yeoman school at the Great Lakes Training Center in Chicago. He only served 18 months and did secretarial work, essentially, at the Great Lakes Training Center. He was interviewed by Suzette McCord-Rogers on Jan 1, 2007. McCauley was born February 10, 1927, in Hiawatha, Brown County. He attended Leona High School for two years and Highland Highland High School for two. He graduated from Highland H. S. in 1945. After his service he took vocational agricultural training from Highland Community College. He made his living as a farmer. He moved to Highland, Kansas, in 1992. 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): Stanley McCauley video interview on experiences in World War II

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