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Interview on experiences in World War II

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Creator: Bruce, Harlond D.

Date: March 2, 2007

Level of Description: Item

Material Type: Manuscripts

Call Number: World War II Oral Histories Project

Unit ID: 212238

Biographical sketch: Harlond Bruce worked on the farm until he was drafted, at the age of 24, into the Army Air Force. He was already married and had one son. After basic training in the Carolinas he went to California where he trained to become a Crew Chief. When his training was completed he was sent overseas to the desert, coming in behind the British 8th Army. They had B-25 bombers with a five-man flight crew and when he got to be a Flight Chief he had six planes to tend to. The only injury he sustained was a broken nose, which he got from an eruption of a volcano when hot "cakes of stuff" hit him. For eleven months he was at Catania, Sicily and that is where the Germans made their last fly in, he was in a sled trench and could see them flying over but he wasn't hit. In 1945 when he came back to the States he was told that he would get 30 days and then have to go to Japan. However, he had enough points to be discharged and he was "ready to get out." He returned to farming and raising his family.

Summary: Bruce was inducted into the Army (Air Force) in 1941 and served until 1945 in the 5th Army. Interviewed by Marian Poe on Mar 2, 2007, Bruce 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 Rice County Historical Society (Lyons) 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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