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Driscoll, John K. 1935-

Works: 102 works in 106 publications in 1 language and 315 library holdings
Genres: History  Biography  Trials, litigation, etc  Naval history  Military history  Fiction  Personal narratives‡vAmerican  Records and correspondence  Personal narratives‡vUkrainian 
Roles: Author
Classifications: E467.1.M3742, B
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Most widely held works by John K Driscoll
Rogue : a biography of Civil War General Justus McKinstry by John K Driscoll ( Book )
3 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 103 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"This biography takes a look at the forces that shaped McKinstry into the man he eventually became. The bulk of the work concentrates on his Civil War commission and his duties as an officer of the quartermaster corps. Sources incorporate official records, including a transcript of his final court martial"--Provided by publisher
The Civil War on Pensacola Bay, 1861-1862 by John K Driscoll ( Book )
2 editions published between 2007 and 2013 in English and held by 68 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"This volume details the events which took place in and around Pensacola Bay immediately before and in the early months of the Civil War. It takes a look at the various people involved and how their personalities and attributes came into play and shaped the course of events. More than 70 period photographs and illustrations complete the depiction"--Provided by publisher
The baraboo guards : a novel of the American Civil War by John K Driscoll ( Book )
2 editions published between 1995 and 2006 in English and held by 45 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Oral history interview with Mervyn R. Sigurdson by Mervyn R Sigurdson ( )
1 edition published in 2007 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide
Mervyn R. Sigurdson, a Monroe, Wisconsin native, discusses his military training and World War II service in Germany as a member of Company B, 817th Tank Destroyer Battalion
Oral history interview with Robert F. Minch by Robert F Minch ( )
1 edition published in 2007 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide
Robert "Bob" Minch, a Madison, Wisconsin native, discusses his service in the Army as a truck driver with the 756th Field Artillery Battalion during World War II. Minch was born on a farm in Paoli (Wisconsin) but grew up in Madison. He attended St. James Elementary School, Randall High School and West High School. He relates that before the war, he drove trucks for Ed Philips and Son and became a liquor and tobacco salesman. Minch recalls hearing about the bombing of Pearl Harbor while driving in his car. As the war began, Minch states he took classes on airplane motors in the hopes of getting into the Air Corps. He ended up being drafted into the Army Air Wing [ca. 1943]. Minch mentions a famous sportscaster named Art Bramhall was inducted with him at Fort Sheridan (Illinois). Next, Minch describes his artillery training at Fort Sill (Oklahoma). He portrays the men in his artillery unit as "a little older, in our middle twenties" and discusses at length his training which involved marching, calisthenics, and drills on the 105mm and 155mm field guns (howitzers). Minch explains his unit, the 756th Field Artillery, was a special forces unit that attached to different divisions as needed. In 1944, the 756th moved from Oklahoma to Salinas (California) for additional training before ending up in New Orleans (Louisiana). Minch states he bunked in an old cotton warehouse with 2,000 GIs, and he characterizes New Orleans as "pretty wild." He explains the soldiers were happy to be in New Orleans because they took it as a sign they would be sent to Europe instead of the Pacific theater. Minch goes on to describe boarding a troop ship called the Katae Maru. He reveals he returned home over a year later on the very same ship. When they passed Tulagi Island and Guadalcanal (Solomon Islands), Minch realized they were headed for the Pacific front. Minch touches upon hazing rituals onboard to mark the crossing of the equator. He reports he was often sea sick and the ship had engine trouble. Minch states he landed in New Guinea and did not see much combat at first; he drove a winch at the dock to unload supplies because other units lacked personnel. Minch explains he later drove the 155mm guns on a modified Caterpillar tractor. He discusses in detail seeing combat on New Britain (Papua New Guinea) where his unit had to take out a Japanese base. He tells of firing anti-aircraft guns from the beach. Minch describes arriving at the staging area in Manos Bay (Philippines) and participating in the Battle of Leyte Gulf in late 1944, a heavy battle between the Japanese and American fleets. He remarks that the fleet in the Pacific was bigger than the fleet that invaded Normandy. He illustrates the adrenalin-rush of combat; Minch did not realize he'd been firing a 20mm anti-aircraft gun towards his own ship until a technician came over to adjust the barrel. On January 9, 1945, Minch's battalion landed on the island of Luzon (Philippines) with the 1st Cavalry. He states their mission was "to get to Manila as fast as we could" because the Japanese were burning the city. Minch describes passing through Clark Field, which the Japanese had stripped of supplies. Minch frequently comments on stealing and looting. He mentions the Japanese took anything of value from the Philippines; the Filipinos, who "had nothing" towards the end of the war, stole food, film, and jeeps from the U.S. military; and the American soldiers performed "midnight requisitions," taking jeeps, ketchup, supply trailers, airplane fuel, etc. from other branches of the service and from the Japanese. Minch provides a before-and-after description of Manila which was a "modern city" devastated by the Japanese. He tells how his superior officer allowed his unit some downtime at the San Miguel Brewery outside Manila because they had been advancing through the jungle for weeks and needed rest. He implies this displeased General MacArthur and states "that was probably the biggest beer party that ever was." Minch compares the door-to-door fighting in Manila to combat in the Iraq War. Minch describes operations in and around Manila including attacking a walled Spanish Fort named Inramuras. Next, Minch's unit had to go into the mountains and fight the main Japanese Army. He tells of fighting in one area for six months and sleeping in foxholes. His role as a driver was to position the field guns with his tractor and sometimes transport ammunition to other units. Minch discusses how his team manned the guns, put fuses on the shells, and shot five shells per minute. Minch briefly touches upon a few instances of friendly fire. The 756th climbed the mountains, engaging with Japanese soldiers hiding in caves, until they finally reached their observation post (OP). At the OP, Minch reveals he met General Kruger, head of all the armies in the Pacific. Next, Minch tells a story of driving his tractor and 155mm gun through a river, with water coming up to his waist. An officer in charge of a medic unit ordered Minch to pull five of his ambulances across the river, which he did, angering the colonel because "You don't stop a combat unit. Combat units are number one." Minch states his unit was pulled off the front lines in summer 1945 to repair the 155s and prepare for the invasion of Japan. He reveals he had foot problems, asthma, and amoebic dysentery and was transferred to Headquarters, where he unloaded supply ships at the port. While working this job, Minch recalls learning of the atomic bombing of Japan. He states all the ships in the port shot their guns in the air in celebration, causing some shrapnel injuries. Minch discusses military life at the port. He states there were "a lot of rackets" in the Army and explains that cooks would prepare midnight snacks and charge soldiers a dollar for an egg sandwich. He tells of "requisitioning" ketchup for a buddy to take back to the front. Minch also mentions the Filipinos stole film from the Air Force and set up camera shops where they took pictures of GIs with their airplanes or jeeps. Minch explains he was promoted to Staff Sergeant near the end of the war and stayed on a few months in Japan after V-J day. He addresses his homecoming on the Katae Maru, the same ship that brought him to the Pacific. He addresses the difficulty of adjusting to civilian life. According to Minch, "all the good jobs were taken" and his wife of two years left him for another man. He felt he had missed out on having a family and buying a house like his friends who had deferments. Minch also examines the differences in his group of friends before and after the war. He states all but one were in the service, two came back disabled, and two or three were killed, so his social life was "completely different" after the war. Finally, Minch tells of an interesting coincidence: while serving in the Philippines, he would always check to see where motors and engines on Filipino farms were made, and at a sugar cane farm there, he found a motor made in Madison, Wisconsin
Oral history interview with Robert Kruschke by Robert Kruschke ( )
1 edition published in 2006 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide
Robert Kruschke mentions his early life in Milwaukee (Wisconsin) and describes several incidents while serving with the Army during World War II in Europe. He recalls hearing of Pearl Harbor's bombing in a local tavern after church and not knowing where it was located. Kruschke mentions induction in Milwaukee, being assigned to the 94th Division while at Fort Sheridan (Illinois), training at Camp Phillips (Kansas), the Tennessee Maneuvers and maneuvers at Camp McCain (Mississippi). He touches on shipping out of New York City on the Queen Elizabeth to Grenock (Scotland), subsequently landing at Utah Beach and his unit's involvement at Normandy. Kruschke speaks of the Battle of the Bulge, the Saar-Moselle Triangle and his unit's 183 continuous days of combat in the Third Army. He recounts some unit casualty statistics, his impressions of the German soldier and one incident that led to his capture of three German POWs. Kruschke mentions clothing, gasoline, and food conditions. He recounts a story about procuring beer for his company while near Pilsen (Germany) and recalls that the German surrender "took the lid off being tense all the time." Elaborating on the surrender, he recalls one incident in which he was involved with the turning of Sudetenland Germans over to the Russian side of Germany and the Czechoslovakian attitude concerning this. When returning to the States, Kruschke reflects on his emotions on hearing bag pipers playing Amazing Grace at Grenock (Scotland). He mentions being delayed in New York harbor due to a labor problem and having to stay at cigarette camp "Lucky Strike." The interview concludes with Kruschke discussing work at General Electric until his retirement, using the GI Bill for some courses and his involvement in the Legion Post
Oral history interview with John R. Thomas by John Rea Thomas ( )
1 edition published in 2008 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide
John Thomas, a Beloit, Wisconsin native, discusses his World War II and Korean War service as a chaplain in the Navy. Thomas touches on junior ROTC in high school, his theological training at Carroll College (Wisconsin) and McCormick Theological Seminary, marriage after graduation, and naval chaplain school at the College of William & Mary (Virginia). Assigned to Kinston Marine Corps Auxiliary Airfield (North Carolina), he explains he also had duties at Marine Corps Outlying Landing Field Oak Grove (North Carolina) and relates that one of the pilots transporting him between bases gave him a wild ride. He describes two of the base officers, Major Jones and Colonel Christiansen, and recalls having an argument with the colonel, who got angry about Thomas taking a Jewish soldier to a local synagogue. He recalls officiating the marriage between a second cousin and a Marine sergeant and writing an amusing letter home about it. Thomas talks about his wife spending three months with him in Kinston and critiquing his sermons. He mentions marrying a couple that the other chaplain had refused, being invited to wear a Marine uniform, organizing a Christmas party in 1945, and going on an active duty training cruise in 1946. He details giving marriage counseling to a young woman who had gotten impregnated by a Marine and keeping in touch with her. Living in the Chicago area (Illinois), he talks about finding housing with his wife, specializing in clinical pastoral education, and resettling in San Diego (California). After volunteering for active duty in 1950, he was assigned to Destroyer Squadron 7 and later went through twenty-three different transfers over fifteen months. Thomas recalls having just one bad captain, drinking too much coffee while making his rounds, and taking Dramamine for seasickness. He describes some photographs in a scrapbook. He states his career kept him too busy to join veteran's organizations, but he did attend a couple ship reunions
Oral history interview with Betty M. Whitney Prieve by Betty M. Whitney Prieve ( )
1 edition published in 2004 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide
Betty Whitney Prieve, a Merrill, Wis. native, discusses her service as an airplane mechanic in the Navy during World War II
Oral history interview with Frank Urbanowicz by Frank Urbanowicz ( )
1 edition published in 2007 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide
Frank Urbanowicz, a Chicago, Illinois native, describes his Navy experience aboard the USS Frank Talbot in World War II and touches on his time aboard the USS Philippine Sea during the Korean War
Oral history interview with Thomas F. Diener by Thomas F Diener ( )
1 edition published in 2005 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide
Thomas "Tom" Diener, a Milwaukee, Wisconsin native, discusses his experiences in the Army Air Corps with the 8th Air Force, 2129 Engineering Battalion in Luton, England during World War II
Records by Wis.) Madison History Round Table (Madison ( )
in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide
Administrative and financial records of the Madison History Round Table (MHRT), an organization that meets semi-monthly over dinner to listen to presentations about historical topics, particularly those relating to American military history. The organization's precursor, known as the Madison Civil War Round Table (MCWRT), merged with the Madison Revolutionary War Round Table in 1975 to form the present incarnation. Membership consists of many well-known area residents, including university professors and prominent businesspeople. The majority of the records predate the 1975 merger and thus relate largely to the MCWRT. Located in Box 1, administrative records include correspondence regarding speakers, membership rosters, meeting attendance records, and a list of speakers, which shows that some very prominent historians presented to the group in the 1950s through the 1970s. The organization's newsletter, General Orders, is separately cataloged in the museum's periodical collection and complements this collection with information about officers, meetings, speakers, and activities. Box 2 contains financial records that include bank statements, expense reports, and a description of the treasurer's duties. While scattered, these documents give an idea of the amount of money collected through dues and expended by the MHRT
Oral history interview with Kenneth Wagner by Kenneth Wagner ( )
1 edition published in 2006 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide
Kenneth "Ken" Wagner, a Racine, Wisconsin resident, describes his service in the Army as a cryptographer in World War II and as a legal clerk in the Korean War. Born and raised in Waterloo (Iowa), Wagner outlines his elementary education, portraying himself as a precocious reader (he skipped 4th grade) with an early love of history. He graduated in 1942 and worked as a wholesaler for Rath Packing Company in Waterloo which made ham and bacon. In February 1943, as soon as he turned eighteen, he registered for the draft and signed up for early induction. Wagner covers his physical examination for the Army at Camp Dodge (Iowa) and his training in the Signal Corps at Camp Crowder (Missouri). He relates that a month into basic training, he was in the sick bay for constipation when he received a telegram stating his mother had died suddenly. Wagner was not able to return for the funeral and expresses anger that his oldest brother, who he claims avoided the service by faking a back injury, took or sold all Wagner's possessions. Next, Wagner reveals he turned down Officer Candidate School because he "didn't want to be a dead second lieutenant." Instead, he attended an Army Specialized Training Program (ASTP) at the University of Nebraska. Wagner tells how, while home on leave for Christmas, he read in the newspaper that the ASTPs were going to be disbanded and the participants sent overseas as infantry. Wagner resigned from the ASTP and was sent to Camp Kohler (California), where he trained to become a cryptographer. He describes the FBI background check required and details various coding devices and methods used to code and decode Army messages, including the M-209. In October 1944, Wagner was shipped to New Guinea by boat via Guadalcanal. He explains he was stationed at a message center in Hollandia (New Guinea) and later moved to Dulag and Leyte after the invasion of Leyte. He describes guard duty and how the moon played tricks on him. Wagner briefly touches upon combat, mentioning the Japanese regularly raided, strafed, and bombed the bases at Dulag and Leyte (New Guinea). Wagner reports he grew bored with cryptography and began to run a first aid center to supplement the sick bay. With permission from the doctors, he treated tropical illnesses like: heat rash, insect bites, jungle rot and allergies. To combat boredom, Wagner mentions he also cooked one meal a week in the mess hall which was not known for its tasty food. He claims the troops did not like the Red Cross because they charged for the donuts and cigarettes they distributed. Wagner clarifies that his signal center was located in the headquarters of General Douglas MacArthur. He characterizes General MacArthur as "egocentric" and disliked by the servicemen, and he criticizes MacArthur's planned invasion of Japan. In contrast, Wagner praises President Harry Truman and General Dwight D. Eisenhower who he felt treated the troops well. Wagner admits he did not vote for Truman in 1948, but as a teacher, he later came to appreciate Truman's leadership. Wagner recalls the dropping of the atomic bomb on Japan; he and his team decoded the news of the Japanese surrender before the rest of the base in New Guinea found out. He comments the soldiers had no idea what an atom bomb was and expresses his sense of relief that there would not be a prolonged invasion of Japan. In June 1946, Wagner was released from the Army and returned to the U.S., where he was greeted coldly by his father and older brother. He went to State Teachers College, now University of North Iowa, and became a high school history teacher. In 1950, almost immediately after he graduated college, Wagner was recalled to the Korean War. He was one of the higher ranking, more experienced soldiers in his unit at Fort Riley (Kansas) and the only enlisted man with a college degree. Wagner reports that he turned down OCS again and became company clerk because of his typing skills. Next, he attended shorthand school at Fort Benjamin Harrison (Indiana). When his training was over, Wagner explains he returned to Fort Riley and became secretary to the judge advocate (JAG) and company commander for the 10th Division. In 1951, Wagner was shipped overseas to Japan. He tells how, while stopped in Manila (Philippines), he witnessed a murder on his ship resulting from a drunken altercation between a Mexican soldier and an African American soldier. With his experience as a legal clerk, Wagner knew how to start an investigation, and his initiative caught the attention of the judge advocate at Camp Drake in Tokyo (Japan) who needed a clerk. Wagner explains he had been assigned to be the secretary of a lieutenant general, which he expected would involve running errands and polishing brass. He expresses delight that Major William Redman, the judge advocate, asked him to be his legal clerk. Wagner comments that legal clerks were supposed to be warrant officers and he was only a first class sergeant. Wagner explains his job was challenging, enjoyable, and carried lots of power. He repeatedly points out how company clerks and first class sergeants often exert more influence in the Army than befits their rank. He helped regulate disputes and investigate crimes including: murder, sex crimes, drug use, desertion and counterfeiting. Wagner shares a humorous dispute in which an Army truck upended a Japanese farmer's cart full of "honey pots" (jars of human waste used for fertilizer) and the Army had to reimburse him for damage to his cart and the pots, but refused to reimburse for the contents of the jars. Wagner describes interactions with Japanese civilians in street cars and hotels, and he recalls meeting a Japanese man who worked with Frank Lloyd Wright. Wagner values his time spent in Japan during the Korean War and says he felt it was his duty to serve in both wars. He was discharged from the Army in July 1953 and got a job teaching high school history and economics in Cincinnati (Ohio). He taught high school for thirty years and comments that if he had shirked his duty, he would not be able to "stand in front of a classroom and talk about the war and the draft."
Oral history interview with Robert Wetter by Robert Wetter ( )
1 edition published in 2003 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide
Robert Wetter, a Milwaukee, Wis. native, discusses his experiences in the United States Army Air Corps as a CFC gunner (Central Fire Control) on a B-29 with the 500th Bomb Group, 883rd Squadron
Oral history interview with Delores Fix by Delores Fix ( )
1 edition published in 2008 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide
Delores Fix, a Cross Plains, Wisconsin native, discusses her World War II service in the Marine Corp as post quartermaster and payroll officer
Oral history interview with Robert Paulson by Robert Paulson ( )
1 edition published in 2003 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide
Robert Paulson, an Excelsior, Wisconsin native, discusses his World War II service with the 5th Division, 10th Infantry Regiment in Iceland and Europe
Oral history interview with Erwin Koppel by Erwin Koppel ( )
1 edition published in 2003 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide
The Milwaukee, Wis. native discusses his World War II service with 445th Bomb Group of the Air Corps and he gives detailed accounts of many of his 35 flying missions
Oral history interview with Edward M. Foster by Edward Foster ( )
1 edition published in 2006 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide
Edward "Mike" Foster, a Madison, Wisconsin resident, describes his experiences in the Sanitary Corps in the Army during World War II
Oral history interview with Victor Kuester by Victor Kuester ( )
1 edition published in 2007 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide
Victor Kuester, a Wisconsin native, discusses his Army service in the South Pacific during World War II
Oral history interview with Donald Schroeder by Donald Schroeder ( )
1 edition published in 2004 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide
Donald Schroeder, a Manitowoc, Wisconsin native, describes his Navy service as a quartermaster aboard the USS Sangamon in World War II. Schroeder talks about entering the service after high school graduation, his draft examination, and how he managed to actually get into the branch of service he requested. He mentions boot camp at Farragut Naval Station (Idaho) and reveals he paid someone to take his swimming test for him. He touches on getting over seasickness and stopping at Tent City at Pearl Harbor. Schroeder describes crew and armaments of the USS Sangamon (CVE-26) and his duties keeping the log and performing special sea details. Part of MacArthur's Navy, he mentions participation in the invasions of the northern New Guinea Coast, Saipan, Guam, and Tinian. He describes recreation ashore and the ship's captain, Captain Browder. He recalls gathering at Manus Island (Admiralty Islands) for the invasion of Leyte Gulf and seeing hundreds of ships. He talks about seeing some of the first kamikaze planes, defeating the Japanese navy, and witnessing the capture of a kamikaze pilot. While at Bremerton (Washington) for overhaul, he remembers visiting home and freezing. Schroeder discusses the ship's mission to keep island air fields from operating at the invasion of Okinawa (Japan). He details being attacked by planes while in a narrow channel, getting hit by a kamikaze, fighting fires, seeing the ship devastated, and witnessing the burial at sea of eighteen men. He expresses disgust at the smell of burning flesh and the crew's fear while withdrawing without escort. He describes the deluxe rest camp at Norfolk (Virginia) and attending fire school. Granted a thirty-day leave, Schroeder expresses shame at finding his mother worried after hearing about the attack but not receiving word he was okay. He recalls spending his entire leave drinking with two buddies from the Air Force. After returning to Norfolk, he mentions his ship was deactivated and his subsequent assignment to a M215, a minesweeper. Docked in New York on New Year's Eve, Schroeder talks about being put in charge of the ship while most of the crew was ashore and being unable to restrain the remaining crew from drinking and making trouble. Passing through the Panama Canal, he confesses to almost hitting a tanker because he was so busy taking photos. Upon discharge, he speaks of joining the 52-20 Club and suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. Schroeder sketches his career path, his marriage and his offspring, and being a member of the American Legion, Disabled American Veterans, and Escort Carrier Association. He describes working with the Escort Carrier Association to fill out a roster, recruit members, and, as the Sangamon Group Historian, contribute information to the "Sangy" News
Oral history interview with William Nahirniak by William Nahirniak ( )
1 edition published in 2005 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide
William "Bill" Nahirniak, a Romania native, discusses his experiences in the Ukrainian Resistance during World War II
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