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

Works: 205 works in 212 publications in 1 language and 758 library holdings
Genres: History  Personal narratives‡vAmerican  Records and correspondence  Biography  Anecdotes 
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 )
3 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 256 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 )
2 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 30 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 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
America and World War I : a traveler's guide by Mark D Van Ells ( Book )
1 edition published in 2014 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
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 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
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 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 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 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 LST 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), LST training at Camp Bradford (Virginia), diesel training at General Motors School (Michigan), joining his crew in Virginia, and boarding the LST 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. LST Association, and the Wisconsin LST association. He also relates several Naval anecdotes and his efforts to collect them
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 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 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 Kenneth G. Reich by Kenneth G Reich ( )
1 edition published in 1996 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide
Kenneth G. Reich, a Milwaukee, Wisconsin native, discusses his service during the Korean War as a supply specialist in the 443rd Quartermaster Base Depot. Reich describes enlisting, trying to get into an engineering or chemistry unit, and basic training at Camp Atterbury (Indiana). He describes the shortened, intensive training and having Friday night complaint sessions with the company commander. Reich reflects on training with only white soldiers, and serving alongside black units in Korea that still seemed segregated. Transferred to the 790th Quartermaster Reclamation Maintenance Company, he speaks of supply school at Fort Riley (Kansas), recreation while on leave, and being shipped to Korea aboard a Merchant Marines vessel. Reich portrays his first impression of Korea as "filthy" and not having much to do for thirty days until the equipment arrived. He describes duty as the supply sergeant, transporting equipment by train, and living in cold weather. Reich talks about his unit's role as a repair outfit for clothing and quartermaster equipment. He explains the unofficial barter system they used, such as trading spark plugs for C-rations. Stationed seven miles behind the front lines, he comments on occasionally having air raids, hearing news of the war from infantry officers, interacting with British and Australian troops, and working with Korean interpreters. Reich portrays visiting the open-air markets and getting dysentery from eating some local produce. He comments on religious services, sight seeing around Seoul, gambling, the alcohol sold at the Army clubs, and corresponding with home via typed letters. Reich recalls activity winding down after the Armistice was signed. He details the homecoming parade he was part of in Seattle, having a furlough, spending the rest of his service at Camp Carson (Colorado), and readjusting to civilian life, with emphasis on swear words and toilet flushing. Reich talks about his career in the drafting field, using the GI Bill for additional education, becoming involved with the Veterans of Foreign Wars, and his impression of how Korean War veterans fit into the veterans' organization
Oral history interview with Edward J. Schantz by E. J Schantz ( )
1 edition published in 1997 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide
Schantz, a native of Sparta, Wisconsin, discusses his service in the Wisconsin National Guard pre-WWII, his World War II service in the Chemical Warfare Service at Fort Detrick (Maryland), and his civilian work at Fort Detrick as a researcher. Schantz reveals that at age sixteen he joined the Wisconsin National Guard in 1924. He recalls weekly and summertime trainings spent at Camp Douglas. Following his high school graduation, Schantz recalls running his family farm in Sparta for a year before enrolling at the University of Wisconsin. After his graduation from the Agricultural College at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1931, Schantz applied for a commission in the Army Reserve upon the suggestion of his company commander. In 1934, Schantz was appointed to the rank of 2nd lieutenant in the Army Reserve and was commissioned in the Chemical Warfare Service. He describes his duties as studying the chemicals used in war, including their dangers and effectiveness. Schantz then reports earning his master's degree from Iowa State College and his doctorate in 1939 in biochemistry from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He discusses being called to active duty in 1940 and summoned to the Chemical Warfare Service at Edgewood Arsenal (Maryland). Schantz reports being a part of a group developing the napalm bomb, an explosive that was very effective in fire bombing. He recalls developing a kit that tested the effectiveness of protective clothing against various chemical warfare agents; which he later patented. Schantz remembers a chance meeting with Dr. Baldwin, a former professor, which resulted in his summoning to Camp Detrick (Frederick, Maryland) to work with Baldwin in investigating biological agents in warfare under highly secret government orders. Schantz describes the facility and strict security measures there as members of the National Academy of Sciences, including Baldwin working with biological agents such as a disease of Anthrax-like origin and the botulinum toxin. Schantz talks about the American fear of Germans developing biological agents to be used against Americans during WWII. He recalls specifically a fear of the Germans using buzz bombs on England. Schantz discusses his task at Camp Detrick, which involved researching if the botulinum toxin could be used effectively against the American troops and how it could be protected against. He also talks about a protocol for procedures in biological warfare that was created at Camp Detrick at this time. Schantz discusses how difficult it was to test and identify the presence of biological agents in warfare, and the difficulty to this day in identifying them if used. He points out that the testing done at Camp Detrick included many animals, from big to small. Schantz notes that although the U.S. received intelligence reports that the Germans and Italians had chemical and biological agents and that they were available to them for use, they were never used. He suggests that they did not use these weapons because they sensed that the U.S. already had means of combating them. Schantz recalls that the Germans possessed a very effective gas called the G gas, but they were told by intelligence that the Germans were afraid to use it because they feared the Americans would use it back, in retaliation. The Americans, however, did not possess the gas for warfare. The gas had been used in America to spray fruit trees and insects, but in a different form. Schantz addresses his opinions on working in such a controversial field during his service in the military. He opines that if chemical or biological agents are to be used, it is pertinent that means be found to combat them in order to protect soldiers and country. In 1946, Schantz was placed on inactive duty in the Army Reserves and continued working as a civilian at Fort Detrick until 1971. He recalls that the National Academy of Sciences recommended continued work in chemical and biological warfare, so Fort Detrick stayed open. In 1971, Nixon closed Fort Detrick, feeling that biological and chemical warfare was no longer a threat. Schantz also discusses a particular high point in his post military career in which he worked with a man named Dr. Scott from California to cure strabismus (a disorder causing cross-eyes) and hemifacial spasms, by injecting botulinum toxin into the problem areas. He mentions other toxins he worked on during his civilian service including saxitoxin. Schantz discusses the ramifications of Nixon's discontinuance of the biological weapons program for soldiers in the Persian Gulf War
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 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
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