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Interview on experiences in World War II

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Creator: French, Richard

Date: October 2, 2007

Level of Description: Item

Material Type: Manuscripts

Call Number: World War II Oral Histories Project

Unit ID: 212295

Biographical sketch: Richard French took basic training at Fort Hood, Texas in 1944. As a Private First Class he was a platoon leader. He spent time in Hawaii and the Philippines and describes the people there as good people. While driving a jeep he heard over the radio of Franklin Roosevelt dying and he says that he liked Harry Truman. His job was transporting Japanese prisoners to Guantanamo Bay Prison Camp, which he describes and talks about Tojo and Tokyo Rose. He captured three Japanese himself but says he sent them home, he did not kill them. Mr. French was awarded the Army of Occupation medal, Asiatic Pacific Campaign medal, Philippine Liberation medal with one bronze star, Good Conduct medal, Bronze Star, and the World War II Victory medal. He very modestly says "I didn't do anything more than the other boys." After his discharge he returned to Fort Scott, Kansas.

Summary: French enlisted in the United States Army in 1944 and served until 1945 in the 43rd Division;. Interviewed by Nancy Porter on Oct 2, 2007, French 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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