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Interview on experiences in World War II

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Creator: Schaake, Carl

Date: March 26, 2006

Level of Description: Item

Material Type: Manuscripts

Call Number: World War II Oral Histories Project

Unit ID: 212319

Biographical sketch: Carl Schaake was a farmer in Douglas County all his life. Because he was a farmer, he was granted deferrment but in 1945 he and several of his buddies enlisted in the Marines. He says there were some guys that went out and bought forty acres and said they were a farmer just so they wouldn't have to go into the service but that wasn't true in his case. For basic training he was sent to Paris Island, South Carolina and then infantry training at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. When that was completed he was sent to San Diego, California where he went through sea school, then to Bremerton, Washington where he was assigned to the U.S.S. Enterprise. He went to Pearl Harbor and was only there a week when they wanted them back in New York for Navy Day. They returned through the Panama Canal and he tells of his experience watching the big ship come through the locks. After Navy Day he was placed on the U.S.S. Macon, a heavy cruiser and strictly a training vessel, and spent three or four months in the Atlantic before being sent back to Camp Lejeune. He was discharged from there and returned to Lawrence and his farming career. In his opinion the war changed the town from a small farming town to a city town with all the people moving in to work at the Sunflower Ordnance Plant. He discussed rationing during the war, the A, B. and T gas stamps, which T was to buy gasoline for his tractor. His parents hadn't wanted him to go into the service but he said his Mother hung the star in her window proudly and it was still there when he came home.

Summary: Schaake enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1945 and served on the U.S.S. Enterprise, U.S.S. Macon. Interviewed by Pattie Johnston on Mar 26, 2006, Schaake 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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