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Van Ells, Mark D. (Mark David) 1962-

Works: 206 works in 216 publications in 1 language and 887 library holdings
Genres: History  Documentary films  Educational films  Social problem films  Nonfiction films  Short films  Personal narratives‡vAmerican  Records and correspondence  Biography  Anecdotes 
Roles: Author, Editor
Classifications: D828.W6, 305.9069709775
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Most widely held works about Mark D Van Ells
Most widely held works by Mark D Van Ells
To hear only thunder again : America's World War II veterans come home by Mark D Van Ells( Book )

4 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 247 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Wisconsin by Mark D Van Ells( Book )

3 editions published between 2007 and 2009 in English and held by 195 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

America and WWI : a traveler's guide by Mark D Van Ells( Book )

2 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 132 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

It has now been a century since World War I began, but America's role in this colossal struggle has been largely forgotten on both sides of the Atlantic. Historian and travel writer Mark D. Van Ells aims to change that. America and World War I follows in the footsteps of the Doughboy - as the U.S. soldier of the Great War was known - from the training camps of the United States to the frontlines of Europe. Tracing the totality of America's experience from the factors that led the nation to enter the war in April 1917 to the armistice in November 1918, his riveting narrative describes a military buildup on a scale the world had never seen, as well as the war's major battles and campaigns - and, throughout, it leads the traveler to the memorials erected in the Doughboys' wake, as well as to the many places that remain unmarked and uncommemorated. Through their own words, we learn the feelings of those young men and women who served in the war. What were their private thoughts and fears? Their personal memories? Such eyewitness accounts, woven into the fabric of each chapter, give this absorbingly written book an immediacy and vividness that marks a new departure in guidebooks. Complete with photographs, the voices of the doughboys themselves, and up-to-date travel information, America and World War I is an indispensable guide for those who wish to explore this vital but neglected chapter in the American and European experience
The story of sprawl( Visual )

1 edition published in 2009 in English and held by 52 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This series of historic films, ranging from 1939 until 1965, gives a unique look at the forces that created urban sprawl. Each film has an optional commentary track. An introduction gives an overview of the films
The daily life of an ordinary American soldier during World War II : the letters of Wilbur C. Berget by Wilbur C Berget( Book )

3 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 31 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"With a high school education and work experience as a framer and carpenter, this young man wrote letters that would rival those of English professors, historians, and sociologists in their eloquence, analysis, and observation ... he writes about the entire span of American war experience, from patrolling the Mexican border on horseback in the days before Pearl Harbor through occupation duty in Germany in the winter of 1945"--Foreword
"To hear only thunder again" : the readjustment of World War II veterans to civilian life in Wisconsin by Mark D Van Ells( )

3 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 5 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The story of sprawl( Visual )

1 edition published in 2009 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This series of historic films, ranging from 1939 until 1952, gives a unique look at the forces that created urban sprawl. Each film includes an optional commentary track by experts in the field of urban development
Serving those who served : a history of Wisconsin's County Veterans Service Officers by Mark D Van Ells( Book )

1 edition published in 1995 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Oral history interview with James H. Bohstedt by James H Bohstedt( )

1 edition published in 1995 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Bohstedt, a Madison, Wis. native, discusses his World War II and Korean War service with the 4th Signal Company, 4th Marine Division, and service with the Reserves. Bohstedt describes basic training at San Diego (California), radar training in Utah, and field signal school at Camp Elliot (California). He relates repairing radios during the campaigns for Saipan, Tinian, and Iwo Jima. He touches upon daily life, both while the 4th Marines regrouped in Maui, and in the Pacific islands. Bohstedt also comments on the atomic bomb decision, post-war duty in Sasebo (Japan), and the difference between the Japanese people he encountered and the way they were described by the military. He mentions his return home, use of the GI Bill, and veterans on the UW-Madison campus. After college graduation, Bohstedt joined the Meritorious NCO Program and was called into Korean War service as a first lieutenant. He talks about his Korean War service inspecting a Korean Marine Corps unit and opinions Marines held of the Korean War. He remained active in the Marine Corps Reserves for many years
Oral history interview with Frank J. Bertalan by Frank J Bertalan( )

1 edition published in 1996 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

The Edwardsville (Illinois) native discusses his World War II service with the Navy in communications and cryptography, working as an instructor and aboard the U.S.S. Hamul (AD-20). He talks about trying to attain an appointment to the Naval Academy while in high school, his reaction to the attack on Pearl Harbor, volunteering to join the Navy as a math instructor, and learning Morse code and encryption at New London (Connecticut). Assigned to Smith College (Massachusetts), he describes teaching codes and cipher to members of the Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service (WAVES) and the dedication of the women. Assigned to the USS Hamul (AD-20), he touches upon training communications officers. He was transferred to Washington D.C. after he suggested improvement to the communications system. Bertalan mentions transfer to London (Great Britain), working for Commander, U.S. Naval Forces in Europe (COMNAVEU), living under buzz bomb attacks, developing new codes when others were broken by the Germans, and a V-1 rocket attack where the majority of his staff was killed. After the war, he mentions staying in the Reserves and serving on both active and inactive duty for twenty years
Oral history interview with Dale O. Bender by Dale O Bender( )

1 edition published in 1994 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Bender, a Madison, Wis. resident, discusses his World War II Navy service as an engineering officer aboard 1st 901. As an engineering student at the University of Wisconsin, Bender was contacted by the Navy to enlist once he graduated. He mentions Officers Indoctrination at Tucson (Arizona), 1st training at Camp Bradford (Virginia), diesel training at General Motors School (Michigan), joining his crew in Virginia, and boarding the 1st in Pennsylvania. Through his training, it is possible to see the total immersion of American society and industry in the war effort. Bender relates his experiences traveling with the convoy LST, including shipboard life, his duties as an engineering officer, and interactions with the Sea Bees and Army nurses at Saipan. He comments on landing at Truk, claiming to be the first American to set foot there; Japanese soldiers; the point system; and his return to the United States. After being discharged from service at Great Lakes (Illinois), Bender mentions difficulty finding employment, using the G.I. Bill to finance graduate school, the veteran population at the University of Wisconsin- Madison campus, and using the G.I. Bill for a home mortgage. He mentions joining the American Legion, U.S. 1st Association, and the Wisconsin 1st association. He also relates several Naval anecdotes and his efforts to collect them
Oral history interview with John R. Davis by John R Davis( Recording )

1 edition published in 1997 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

The native of La Crosse County, Wis. discusses his World War II service with Company E, 442nd Infantry, 106th Division. He talks about being drafted while attending the University of Wisconsin-Madison, basic training at Fort Sheridan (Illinois), convoy overseas, additional training in England, and trip to France. Stationed at the Ardennes near Luxembourg, Davis comments that his unit was told they were in a quiet area. Davis describes the weather, receiving orders to fall back, the disorganization in his unit, and being taken prisoner by German troops. After capture, Davis mentions the train ride into Germany, fear American troops would bomb their boxcar, sparse rations, meeting other prisoners from Wisconsin, recreational activities in the prison camp, and liberation
Oral history interview with Frank Remington by Frank J Remington( )

1 edition published in 1995 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Remington, a Madison, Wis. veteran, discusses his World War II service as a pilot with the Army Air Corps stationed in Myitkyina (Burma) "flying the hump" to China. A student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison prior to the war, Remington talks about the atmosphere on campus and the reasons for student enlistment. He details training at Kessler Field (Mississippi), pre-flight training at Montgomery (Alabama), his impressions of southern racism, and the differences between single and double engine airplanes. After flying overseas and landing in India, he comments on his impressions of India, sightseeing, health concerns, and Army information about Indian customs. Stationed at Myitkyina (Burma) he mentions ethnic strife, delivering gas to Kung-Ming (China), interactions with the Chinese Army, and tensions between the Nationalist Chinese and American troops. He details military life including living in tents, lack of recreation activities at the remote base, watching movies, receiving mail, and heavy drinking. Remington tells several anecdotes about his service including falling asleep while flying, having all the cigarettes stolen from base, and his co-pilots first experience drinking alcohol. Upon discharge, Remington returned to school at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and discusses life at Badger Village, the crowding of campus with veterans, and the community developed by Army wives while their husbands attended college on the GI Bill. He touches upon being called to active duty during the Korean War, transfer to the Judge Advocate General Corps, and his feelings about the Vietnam War
Oral history interview with Kenneth Adrian by Kenneth G Adrian( )

1 edition published in 1996 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Kenneth Adrian, a Casseville, Wis. native, discusses his World War II service as a navigator with the 44th Bomb Group in England and his Korean War service as a navigator. When World War II began, Adrian was a student at the mining school in Platteville (Wis.) and talks about the changes the war brought to Platteville including the activation of half of his class with the 32nd Division. Adrian comments on pre-flight training and classification at Kelly Field (Texas), pilot training at Uvalde (Texas), and reclassification as a navigator after being hospitalized for eye problems. He mentions the trip overseas, receiving advice from veteran pilots, and his first mission. Adrian touches upon the emotions of his crew upon learning that the group they shared barracks with had been shot down, feelings toward replacements, and the composition of his crew. He describes military life on the base in England including lack of discipline, recreation activities, and dating. After thirty-five missions, Adrian returned to the U.S. and was trained in preparation for fighting in the South Pacific. He was later discharged and joined the Reserves. Adrian touches upon finishing college using the GI Bill, the importance of navigators to the Air Force, and his service in the Korean War. He evaluates the changes in aircraft from World War II to the Korean War, and the differences between the Royal Air Force and the U.S. Air Force
Oral history interview with Don Fellows by Don Fellows( )

1 edition published in 1995 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Donald A. Fellows, a Madison, Wis. native, discusses his service with the Merchant Marines during World War II and the effects of this service on his life. Fellows joined the Merchant Marines against his parent's wishes, and describes joining the war as a way to distance himself from his parents. He provides a sketch of basic training at San Mateo (California) including strict discipline, abandon ship exercises, and his efforts to evade obstacle course training. He tells of attempts to sabotage shipping in San Francisco harbor and provides second-hand accounts of other attempted sabotage in New York harbor and abroad. Fellows details the mission of the Merchant Marines and shipboard life. Injured abroad, he spent time recovering in Madison, and describes the attitudes he encountered toward a young man perceived as not in the Armed Forces. He recounts VE-Day and VJ-Days, watch duty, and trade with Italians. He comments on experiences with Nazis in Uruguay, Mozambique, South Africa, and Argentina. Fellows mentions on his homecoming and comments on the unique status of Merchant Marines who were not allowed veterans' benefits. He recounts the recent recognition of Merchant Marines as World War II veterans and remarks upon the effects of his service and his injury on his acting career
Oral history interview with Ray H. Fuller by Ray H Fuller( )

1 edition published in 1995 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Fuller, a Gile, Wis. native, discusses his service with the 2nd Wisconsin National Guard during the 1916 Punitive Expedition (Mexican Border War), and service during World War I, as a member of Company B, 127th Regiment, 32nd Division. He refers to training at Camp MacArthur (Texas), treatment of German-Americans, Army reorganization, medical preparations at Camp Merritt (New Jersey), and mess duty abroad the George Washington. He touches upon life at sea, landing in and traveling across France, camp life, and duty at Alsace-Lorraine. Fuller relates details of front line artillery barrages including box barrages, techniques of trench warfare, and the use of bayonets. He comments briefly upon the difference between actual warfare and what is seen in movies. Fuller describes the morale and attitudes of American soldiers, Army supplies, attitudes toward replacements, and being wounded in battle. He touches upon serving in the Army with his brothers, impressions of "90 day wonders," and service in the burial detail. He provides a detailed account of the Armistice including troops reaction and the role of the Salvation Army. At the war's end, Fuller was sent to Coblenz, Germany, and mentions interactions with German citizens. Also discussed is returning to the United States and joining the American Legion. The interview ends abruptly while Fuller is discussing the American Legion
Oral history interview with Farrington Daniels, Jr by Farrington Daniels( )

1 edition published in 1995 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Daniels, a Madison, Wisconsin resident, discusses his service as an Army Medical Officer during World War II and as a civilian researcher for the Army Quartermaster during the Korean War. Daniels was born in Worcester (Massachusetts). His father, Farrington Daniels Sr., a well-known chemist, worked in the Chemical Warfare Service in Worcester developing gas masks. Daniels also reveals his father worked for the Manhattan Project as the head of the Metallurgy Lab in Chicago. In 1922, Daniels reports his family moved to Nakoma (Wisconsin) because his father joined the Chemistry Department at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Daniels graduated from Wisconsin High School and attended the University of Wisconsin, majoring in anthropology. He explains he went to medical school because "Hitler had just won at Munich, and I figured there was a war coming on and I would rather be a doctor than an artilleryman." Daniels attended the University of Wisconsin Medical School for two years, but in 1943, he was drafted into the Medical Service Corps and finished his medical training through an Army Specialized Training Program at Harvard Medical School. Daniels comments briefly on watching Harvard "go military." Next, Daniels discusses his internship at New York Hospital (New York City) before he went on active duty in the Army in October 1944. He describes his intensive six weeks medical officer training at Carlisle Barracks (Pennsylvania) and praises the military's teaching strategies. After graduating Army Medical School in December 1943, Daniels was assigned to Lawson General Hospital in Atlanta (Georgia) to treat wounded veterans returning from overseas. Daniels tells how he worked weekends and holidays at this 3,000-bed hospital (because he was unmarried) and eventually became Senior Surgical Officer of the Day. At Lawson, he practiced internal medicine with the neurosurgery unit, diagnosing head injuries and assisting with brain surgeries. Daniels also treated soldiers with paralysis, Brown Secord Syndrome, and spinal chord injuries. Daniels illustrates soldiers' attitudes towards their disabilities: some wanted to return to the front after major injuries, while others abused the system by claiming disability for minor injuries. Daniels compares wounded soldiers from the European front versus the Pacific front, remarking casualties from the Pacific were more run down and "had been through an ordeal." During World War II, Daniels also served on the Civilians Disability Board and as a witness for the Officers Retirement Board. In addition, Daniels touches upon life outside the military hospital and dating women in Atlanta. In From April 1946 to November 1946, Daniels was deployed to the Philippines. He vividly describes his arrival in Manila Harbor: the harbor was littered with sunken ships and the city was flattened. At the Army Hospital in Batangas (Philippines), Daniels served as the Venereal Disease Control Officer. He reports there was a high rate of gonorrhea among soldiers and reveals sex was a common pastime in the Philippines. He mentions Rosie's Bar, a Manila brothel, was "the center of activity" for the troops. Daniels tells how, to reduce VD cases, he convinced his commanding officer to restrict all soldiers to base until the Army could set up prophylactic stations. Daniels suggests restricting GIs to base under these conditions was against Army rules but that it solved the VD problem. Daniels tells how a Colonel offered him steaks and helped him resolve some administrative difficulties because Daniels cured the Colonel's gonorrhea. Daniels also treated other illnesses like malaria, ear infections, pneumonia, yaws and typhoid. He notes that "most of what you see in the tropics is not tropical diseases; it's what you see everywhere." Additionally, Daniels briefly comments on the service of African-Americans soldiers during the War and states they were essential to the war effort. Next, Daniels discusses important celebrations: he recalls Philippine Independence Day on July 4, 1946 and describes spending V-J Day at Lawson Hospital in 1945. Daniels discusses interactions between soldiers and Filipino civilians including women, houseboys, and hospital technicians. Daniels explains the Army asked Medical Officers to collaborate with local doctors, and he praises Dr. Sixto Yarosa, a Filipino doctor who shared a private practice with a female doctor in Batangas. In November 1946, Daniels returned to the U.S.; he reports treating soldiers with malaria on the troop ship back to the States. After leaving the military in 1947, Daniels used the G.I. Bill to continue his medical residency at New York Hospital through Cornell Medical School. In 1948, he describes meeting his future wife, Alice Monroe, who was the nurse in charge of the metabolism ward "which was the nearest coffee pot" to his office. Daniels comments further on the professional relationship between doctors and nurses; praising Nurse Kelly, "a tough lady" and competent professional at Lawson Hospital. Daniels also mentions Captain Fairbanks, his commander at Harvard Medical School, ordered soldiers not to fraternize with the Women's Army Corps cadets. In 1950, Daniels was hired as a civilian by the Army Quartermaster and the Department of Defense to do medical research for the Army. He states he was working as a physiologist at a Climatic Research Lab in Lawrence (Massachusetts) when the Korean War began. As a researcher, Daniels served on the Pentagon's Advisory Committee on Applied Physiology. He describes various research projects including: studying soldiers' reactions in extreme climates; testing footwear to see if synthetic materials were better than leather boots at keeping soldiers' feet dry and warm; examining a Chinese technique of using hot pepper to prevent frostbite; measuring sunlight and UV absorption in the skin; and optimizing weight distribution and energy efficiency in backpacks. Daniels discusses at length the cold-weather tests he performed on soldiers at Camp Churchill in Northern Manitoba (Canada), and he tells detailed stories of surviving the extreme winter weather. He also comments on soldiers' morale in cold temperatures: the longer troops stayed in Camp Churchill without a break, the more edgy, irritable, sluggish and accident-prone they became. Because of his research, Daniels states the Army "more or less decided you can't fight in the Arctic." Next, Daniels describes hot-weather and "human engineering" testing in Yuma (Arizona). He compared sunlight absorption in white and Black soldiers' skin, and he tested different backpack designs to see which was the most efficient for soldiers to carry. Daniels states he was sent to Japan and Korea in 1954 to follow up on his research. Marines in Korea reported that the insulated boots Daniels tested had solved the frostbite problem, although a few soldiers found the boots too hot or uncomfortable to wear. Daniels also studied the ergonomic A-Frame backpack used by Koreans to carry very heavy loads. In Japan, he visited several technical universities and met Yas Kuno, the leading researcher on sweat glands at that time. Daniels praises Kuno's research and characterizes him as "a fine gentleman." Daniels also recalls being sent on a special trip to Nevada by the Quartermaster to test clothing thought to protect against radiation burns. Daniels witnessed a test of the atomic cannon and performed autopsies on pigs to determine the effects of radiation on skin. Although he enjoyed solving problems in applied medicine and the regular funding he received from the military, Daniels discusses the administrative difficulties of working for the Army Quartermaster. According to Daniels, researchers had to "lock onto" a particular topic because the Army's priorities changed constantly and they would cancel funding for a project with little notice. Daniels also describes standing up to the Quartermaster, Dr. Steven Kennedy, who demanded recommendations from the advisory panel before the scientists had completed their experiments. In 1955, Daniels ended his career with the Department of Defense and was hired as a professor of dermatology at the University of Oregon Medical School. He mentions he spent five years teaching in Oregon, one at the University of Illinois, and twenty-two years at Cornell University Medical School. In 1984, Daniels retired and moved back to Madison
Oral history interview with Daniel S. Turner by Daniel S Turner( )

1 edition published in 1995 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Daniel S. Turner, a Madison, Wisconsin native, discusses his service as a hydrographer with the Navy in the Artic and the South Pacific during World War II. Turner discusses attending Nakoma Grade School and Wisconsin High School in Madison. After high school, Turner attended the University of Wisconsin, earning a bachelor's in geology and civil engineering in 1939 and a master's in geology in 1941. Turner explains he volunteered for the Navy in 1941, hoping to become an officer before the war in Europe escalated. He reveals he chose the Navy because he grew up around water and was a competitive swimmer in high school. Turner discusses in detail his induction at Great Lakes Naval Training Station [Illinois] in July 1941. He mentions he expected to be assigned to the Naval Air Service because he had a civilian pilot's license from Madison Municipal Airport. Instead of a Navy pilot, Turner became a research analyst at the Hydrographic Office in Washington D.C. He states he was "a file clerk" and characterizes the job as dull. Turner mentions he met his future wife, a Navy WAVE from Milwaukee, while there. Because of his engineering background, Turner was asked to lead a surveying party to build airbases in the Canadian Arctic. Turner states he spent the early war on two airbases; Crystal I Air Base on the Koksoak River [Quebec] and Crystal II in Baffin Island [Nunavut]. Turner reveals the U.S. Navy surveying team worked with Captain Robert Bartlett, a Canadian explorer, on his ship the FEM Morrisey. Turner describes military life in the Arctic and interactions with the Inuit. He mentions he ate fresh salmon, seal, and polar bear meat. Turner also discusses communications; for security reasons, the Navy surveyors and Army engineers building the airbase could only contact the mainland by telegraph. In November 1942, Lieutenant Turner and the hydrographic unit left the Artic because they were "frozen out" of Frobisher Bay. After returning to Washington to finish his calculations, Turner was reassigned to Hawaii to lead a group of hydrographers on Naval Intelligence missions, surveying islands and tides before invasions in the Pacific. Turner explains his new assignment was a response to poor hydrographic charting during the Battle of Tarawa; Marines miscalculated the height of the tides when invading Tarawa Island and their boats were trapped on coral reefs, resulting in heavy casualties at the hands of the Japanese. Turner describes in great detail hydrographic reconnaissance, surveying, and triangulation at sea. Turner characterizes his unit, Hydro Team #1, as the "first Frogmen team in the Pacific." He states they examined Japanese-controlled islands at night in small rubber boats and swam to shore with only light flotation devices. Although the team was protected by Navy bombardments, Turner comments these were risky missions, as the Japanese fired mortars at the water. He describes developing new "frogmen" techniques for the Navy: the Hydro Team used frosted acetate film and hard pencils to make notes and draw maps underwater during their missions. Also, Turner tells how he won a bronze star for installing a navigational light on Mt. Suribachi in preparation for Iwo Jima. Using a tarpaulin and a clothesline, the Hydro Team secretly installed an acetylene lamp timed to flash in code on the mountain so the battleships could see the island from the harbor. Turner states he participated in eleven different landings in the Pacific, including: Kwajalien, Eniwetok, Saipan, Tinian, Rota, Guam, Leyte [Philippines], Iwo Jima, and Okinawa. In 1944, Turner explains the hydrographic unit finally got their own ship, the USS John Blish. In addition to "recon," Turner's role was to makes sure atolls and channels on the Pacific Islands were clear of coral and safe for U.S. ships to dock. Turner touches upon hazing in the Navy, mentioning he crossed the international dateline and the equator on the same day and "got beaten for both." Turner mentions he was on the beachhead in Okinawa when journalist Ernie Pyle was killed. He also recalls meeting Peter Stackpole, a photographer for Life magazine, whose brother served alongside Turner. Next, Turner recalls the celebrations for V-J Day in 1945. He recalls U.S. ships fired rockets in the air, but the shrapnel fell down on the decks. He claims four men were killed as a result, so the Naval command stopped all celebratory firing. After V-J Day, Turner was assigned to China. The hydrographic unit charted the Yangtze and Huangpu Rivers and marked the channel to Shanghai with buoys. In December 1945, Turner states he was discharged on points and returned home on the USS National. Turner spends time discussing his readjustment to civilian life. In 1946, he used the G.I. Bill to get a Ph. D. in geology from UW-Madison. Turner mentions his wife also used the G.I. Bill to get a degree in home economics from what is now the University of Wisconsin-Stout. Turner also addresses the postwar housing crisis in Madison. He states he and his wife lived with his parents for a year because housing was so scarce. During the summer, Turner returned to his pre-war job as a park ranger for the Wisconsin Park Service. He also discusses the baby boom and the challenges of raising a child on grad student salary. In addition, Turner addresses his family's reaction to the war. He thought it was strange that his parents never asked about his war experiences, and he suggests the media told families that veterans did not want to talk about combat. Turner mentions fellow veterans attending the university did talk about their experiences in the war. In 1948, Turner finished his Ph. D. and moved to Colorado to work for the Atomic Energy Commission. He outlines his career as a geologist and mining engineer. Finally, Turner discusses the religious and psychological effects of combat. He recalls waiting on the USS John Blish in the "line of departure" prior to an invasion and watching chaplains give communion to sailors on the decks of other ships in the fleet. A few minutes later, many of these sailors were killed by Japanese mortars. Turner shares how the broken communion wafer and communion wine became connected in his mind with seeing bodies and blood in the water, to the point where he was unable to take communion at church for many years
Oral history interview with Susan Haack-Huskey by Susan Haack-Huskey( )

1 edition published in 1994 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Susan Haack-Huskey, a Madison, Wisconsin native, discusses her Vietnam War service in the Women's Army Corps. Haack-Huskey explains that she enlisted out of solidarity for her brother who was drafted in 1967. Sent to Fort McClellen (Alabama) for basic training and describing herself as a "rabble- rouser," she got in trouble immediately and was put on punishment detail. Haack-Huskey claims she "wised up fast" and became a squad leader before her assignment to the Pentagon as an administrative assistant to Gen. Edwin H. Burba, Sr. Haack-Huskey describes working at the Pentagon as exciting and characterizes life in the Pentagon Enlisted Barracks (Fort Meyer, Virginia) with four hundred women from four branches of service. She addresses inter-service rivalries, especially with the Marine BAMs (Broad Ass Marine) who tried to beat the WACs up. She mentions that she was in Washington, D.C. during the Martin Luther King, Jr. and Robert Kennedy funerals. Haack-Huskey volunteered for service in Vietnam and was sent to Bien Hoa in January 1969. She describes being paired with a male officer during the plane ride over and having him sexually harass her during the trip. At the WAC detachment at Long Binh, she describes a large number of lesbians there saying, "we had our clique and they had theirs." She further claims being sexually attacked by a lesbian on her first night; however the woman left her alone after words were exchanged. She details frequent Viet Cong attacks on her base, hiding in bunkers during the attacks, living conditions in the WAC detachment, and near-misses for her buddy, Sue, and her. She explains various duties she performed as an administrative staff member including duty reassignments, death statistics, and real estate. Haack-Huskey characterizes the relationship between the men and women as one of respect where they treated the women as sisters. However, she does tell a story about one man who refused to take orders from her, eventually being sent to combat on the DMZ and reveals an expression used with rookies, "You buy or Fu Bai." Haack-Huskey discusses the drug situation in Vietnam, particularly concerning marijuana. She states her belief that many soldiers in the field were killed because their reactions were slower. She speaks of sexual harassment from men returning from the field, expresses the opinion that the Black women got away with more than they did, explains how they "sneaked choppers" (rode on helicopters to see the countryside), and tells of finding cockroaches everywhere. She speaks of her plane ride home explaining that everyone was quiet and apprehensive until the plane got up in the air and then they began to celebrate. She tells a number of stories concerning various reactions, good and bad, to her arrival and travel to Wisconsin in combat fatigues as a Vietnam veteran. She tells how bitter she felt to be serving in Vietnam and reading about Wisconsin and Madison being a hotbed of protest against the war. Once home, she forgot about being in Vietnam and only revealed to employers that she was a veteran. "I just blocked," and it was twelve years before she told others and then got involved in a variety of veterans organizations including being the first woman commander in Wisconsin of a VFW post. She addresses the healing process that participation in veterans organizations and reunions offer and believes that Vietnam veterans feel they have to prove themselves. She speaks of her PTSD which occurred many years later, but was related to an incident in Vietnam when an Army mortician forced her face into body bags and locked her in the morgue. Haack-Huskey reveals she married badly to a Vietnam veteran, who had gotten involved with heroin in Vietnam, and her use of the G.I. Bill to attend Madison Area Technical College
Oral history interview with John H. Walters by John H Walters( Recording )

1 edition published in 1997 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

John Walters, an Eau Claire, Wisconsin native, discusses his World War II service with the 127th Infantry Regiment, 32nd Infantry Division in the Pacific Theater of operations. Walters talks about being drafted into service and leaving his ten-month-old daughter, basic and field artillery training at Fort Bragg (North Carolina), having an operation for hemorrhoids, and being assigned to the 127th Infantry with no infantry training. He recalls the ship ride to Goodenough Island (New Guinea). Walters reflects on basic training and observes that, compared to the northern men in his artillery training unit, the men from the south in his infantry unit were less fearful. He describes fighting at Aitape (New Guinea) including his first night in the jungle, sniper attacks, taking cover from machine gun fire behind trees, bathing in crocodile-infested streams, and being relieved from duty after fighting for seventy-five days. After two weeks of amphibious landing training, Walters landed at Leyte Gulf. He comments on several close calls such as when the officer he was next to was wounded by a sniper and when a Japanese "knee mortar" wounded men he was standing near. Walters explains he had a feeling he would come through and that God was watching over him. He comments on the GIs in the Pacific not wanting to take prisoners and he relates how a fellow soldier who was wounded by friendly fire was glad to be going home. Walters describes the fighting on Hill 502 at Luzon where his friend Gene Atkins received the Medal of Honor. He compares the Japan's fighting strength on different islands, and he describes food drops and a sergeant who disliked him and assigned him extra detail. Walters recalls asking several Eau Claire soldiers to tell his wife he was okay, writing back and forth with her, and depending on his family for encouragement. He reflects on a discussion with a store clerk in Kobe (Japan). He touches upon service in the supply tent at Baguio, his operation in a field hospital for a ruptured appendix, brief occupation duty in Japan, the ship ride back to the United States, and the train trip from Washington State to Fort McCoy. Walters talks about getting his job as school principal back, joining the Veterans of Foreign Wars, and using the GI bill for professional development and a home loan
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WisconsinThe daily life of an ordinary American soldier during World War II : the letters of Wilbur C. Berget