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

Works: 205 works in 215 publications in 1 language and 764 library holdings
Genres: History  Personal narratives‡vAmerican  Records and correspondence  Biography  Anecdotes 
Roles: Editor
Classifications: D828.W6, 305.9069709775
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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 262 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Wisconsin by Mark D Van Ells ( Book )
3 editions published between 2007 and 2009 in English and held by 213 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The story of sprawl ( Visual )
1 edition published in 2009 in English and held by 50 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 ( Book )
3 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 4 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
"Twenty years of schooling and they put you on the day shift" student worker labor organizing at the University of Wisconsin, 1966-1972 by Mark D Van Ells ( Book )
2 editions published in 1992 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
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 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 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 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 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 John W. Dunn by John W Dunn ( )
1 edition published in 1994 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide
John Dunn, a Milwaukee, Wis. native of Irish heritage, relates his career as a combat medic with the 82nd Airborne Division during World War II and his later participation in anniversary parachute jumps. Dunn describes his basic training at Camp Grant (Illinois), medical training at Lawson General Hospital (Georgia), and surgical training at Northington General Hospital (Alabama). Dunn discusses military social life both in the United States and overseas including alcohol consumption, rules about servicemen dating nurses, fighting, prostitution, and sexually transmitted diseases. Dunn mentions his participation with the 82nd Airborne in Operation Market Garden (Holland) and relates the hardships faced by medics during the Battle of the Bulge, including common wounds treated by his unit. He discusses his continued service career after the war's end, performing plastic surgery in Alabama, and general medicine at Fort Bragg (North Carolina). He speaks with resentment about the length of time he remained in service, the ease of finding a civilian job, and use of the GI Bill. Dunn details his participation in anniversary parachute jumps, including one in Holland and another as a member of the Return to Normandy Group
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 Donald "DC" Pressentin by Donald C Pressentin ( )
1 edition published in 1997 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide
Donald C. "D.C." Pressentin, a Madison, Wisconsin native, discusses his service as a fighter pilot with the 324th Fighter Group, 315th Fighter Squadron during World War II and as a pilot with the Air National Guard Defense Command during the Korean War. Pressentin graduated from Madison East High School in 1941. After high school, he worked for a year then enrolled at the University of Wisconsin to study engineering. Pressentin explains he joined the Air Force cadet program at UW in 1942, intending to be a bombardier or a navigator. He describes his basic training at Miami Beach (Florida) and Gettysburg College (Pennsylvania) with the military's first college detachment program. While there, Pressentin completed ten hours of flying time and discovered he loved piloting, although he had never been in an airplane before. Next, Pressentin was sent to Maxwell Field (Alabama) for pre-flight training, which involved physical training, learning Morse Code, and navigation classes. He remembers mild hazing at Maxwell Field for underclassmen involving memorizing lists and marching in white glove uniforms. Pressentin characterizes the college detachment as a "homogeneous group" of young men mostly from the Midwest and New York. Next, Pressentin describes in detail his basic flight training at Bainbridget (Georgia). He practiced landings, lazy eights and chandelles, adjusting for wind drift, and getting out of spins. He also notes he used an early flight simulator for instrument flying. Pressentin addresses why he wanted to be a fighter pilot, stating: "It was me and the airplane, and if I screwed up... I didn't take a whole bunch with me." After Advanced Flight Training in Marianna (Florida), Pressentin reveals he refused an offer to become an instructor because he wanted to fight. Next, he outlines his trip overseas from Dover (Delaware) to Naples (Italy) via the Straits of Gibraltar. He was in a convoy of twenty troop ships and aircraft carriers that brought the "Jugs" (P-47s) the pilots would be flying. Pressentin, now a first lieutenant, comments on the officers' cushy accommodations and states that, unlike the GIs, not one of the pilots on his ship got seasick. Pressentin was assigned to Corsica with the 324th Fighter Group. He discusses at length flying in formation during combat. Pressentin comments that he received help and advice from veteran pilots, and that after three or four missions, he was considered a veteran himself. Pressentin details his first combat mission in which he flew "top cover" for the Invasion of France in August 1944. He also flew "top cover" for Patton's invasion of Germany. Pressentin explains his role was to protect bombers and ground troops from enemy fighter planes; however, he describes these missions as "milk runs" because he encountered no German fighter planes. Pressentin reports he flew 58 missions and only encountered German fighter pilots once. Pressentin states the most difficult missions involved strafing and dive-bombing airfields in France while avoiding German flak towers. In addition, Pressentin addresses military life. He describes spending the entire winter of 1944-45 in Douvres (France) and mentions he took leave in the French Riviera and Paris, where he saw the Glenn Miller Orchestra. Pressentin states he enjoyed France, contrasting it with Corsica where the civilians were wary of American troops fraternizing with Corsican women. He tells a story of drinking and playing cards on News Year's Eve in 1944 during a lull in fighting, then receiving last minute orders to fly a five a.m. mission on New Year's day. In Spring 1945, Pressentin tells how he was flying back from a mission over Germany when he crash-landed due to mechanical problems. Unconscious, he was rescued in the woods by French civilians. He woke up in a hospital in Nancy (France) and learned he had broken his back. Pressentin describes his recovery at length: he was sent to Marseilles General Hospital and put in hyper-extended casts for four months. Around V-E Day, he was flown from Torino (Italy) to Boston Hospital (Massachusetts), ending up in Fitzsimmons General Hospital in Denver (Colorado) in July 1945. Pressentin reports he was on an all-officers orthopedic ward. He praises the Army's medical care and reveals he was allowed to play golf in Denver in lieu of traditional physical therapy. In August 1945, Pressentin states he got married while on medical leave in Madison. After the war, he returned to the University of Wisconsin, majoring in Economics. Pressentin touches upon his readjustment to civilian life, commenting that housing was hard to find and it took a couple months to readapt to student life. He suggests World War II veterans had a "built-in support group," unlike in Vietnam, which lead to less post-traumatic stress. Also, Pressentin describes the changes to the UW campus because of the G.I. Bill, stating classes were held in huts and churches because so many veterans attended the college. After finishing his B.A. in three years, Pressentin started law school and joined the Air National Guard. In addition to the G.I. Bill and his Air Guard salary, Pressentin paid for law school by working for Oscar Mayer. He tells how winning a company golf tournament at Oscar Mayer got him a job with Farmer's Mutual Insurance; however, he worked there only a few weeks before the Air Guard was called to active duty in the Korean War. Pressentin was assigned to the Defense Command at Truax Air Field (Wisconsin), where he flew P-33 and F-89 jets over Wisconsin and Illinois on "scrambles" to monitor the domestic airways. Pressentin compares flying jets during the Korean War to flying propeller planes like the P-47 and B-51 during World War II. For the final six months of the Korean War, Pressentin reports he was sent to Sioux City Air Force Base (Iowa) where he held several different jobs: provost marshal, PX officer, contracting officer, and defense counsel on all court martials. In 1953, Pressentin resigned from the Air Guard because he wife was concerned about the risks of flying. He states he joined the DAV, VFW, and briefly the American Legion because he enjoyed the camaraderie. Pressentin also joined the P40 Association, a civilian pilot group dedicated to flying the P-40. Throughout the interview, Pressentin discusses various aircraft including the P-47, P-40, PT-17, P-38, B-40, B-51, B-15, F-89, and the F-86
Oral history interview with Rupert Cornelius by Rupert Cornelius ( )
1 edition published in 1994 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide
Rupert Cornelius describes his training and experiences while preparing to pilot a B-17 and his Air Force service in the European theatre. A student at the University of Wisconsin at the time, he mentions remembering his shock upon learning about Pearl Harbor while stopped in a tavern. Cornelius mentions his reasons for volunteering for the Air Force in 1942. Assigned to Santa Ana (California) for ground school, he describes the exams, training, and types of plane they trained on; speculates about the criteria for different jobs within the Air Force; and mentions that his physical education instructor was Joe DiMaggio. Following ground school, Cornelius went to primary school in Dos Palos (California) to learn flying. He mentions his instructor was a veteran pilot from the Battle of Britain, describes the types of planes and comments on equipment condition. Cornelius details training on single and multi-engine airplanes, types of planes used, transitioning to larger aircraft, and several accidents. He mentions going to Los Angeles during R&R and getting married at Rattlesnake Field (Arizona). Cornelius describes the route getting to Snetterton Heath (England) and his accommodations aboard an Italian freighter. He didn't take part in D-Day because of a fractured skull and nose acquired while playing baseball. Cornelius explains the process of receiving and being briefed on missions. He describes how hundreds of planes assembled in the air for a bombing mission and that (because of chance collision) Cornelius didn't have the bombardier pull the bomb pins until his aircraft had left the coast of England. Cornelius mentions how the increased fighter range enabled them to escort into Germany and how he thought the P-51s saved the war. He talks of his impressions of the bombs' accuracy and his experience being thrown out of a fighter bar. He mentions frequent Ruhr Valley missions, going through flak and details his involvement in the raid on Paris, which was his toughest. Describing his experiences conducting experimental flights to determine ballistics of various ammunition types, Cornelius mentions how some information was used in the Dresden bombing. He mentions his aircraft was named "Big Moose" (after his bombardier) and admiration for his crew. Cornelius talks about his experiences with British people, gambling at the officers club; and describes one incident when his winnings were large enough that he treated his entire crew to a three-day party at London's Savoy. Upon return to the United States through New York, Cornelius played baseball for the Air Force for one year before being discharged in December 1945. Cornelius returned to Madison, studied at the University using the GI Bill while in a fraternity, and mentions not having time and therefore never joining any veterans organization
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 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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