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Seventeen year old Robert Breeze was taking sheet metal training classes and building B-29 bombers at Boeing in Wichita, Kansas, in 1944. In November, he decided to stay with his three sisters in California for the last month or so before he would be drafted on his eighteenth birthday. He got a job at the Lockheed Missile plant at Burbank, California, and registered with the draft board in San Pedro, California. In December 1944, he was inducted into the Army Infantry and sent to Camp Roberts for basic training. The war in Europe ended while he was in basic training. He was assigned to Company D, 77th Infantry and sent on maneuvers. The war in Japan ended. He was shipped to Yokohama, Japan in late September 1945 and, ultimately, reassigned to the 1st Cavalry Division, 8th Cavalry Regiment to serve as part of the occupation forces. He described exploring Japan on weekend passes. He was mustered out of the 1st Cavalry at Camp Beale, California, in 1946 and worked for Lockheed Missile for the next twenty-five years before returning to live in White Cloud, Kansas. He was interviewed by Suzette McCord-Rogers on Jan 5, 2007. He was born in White Cloud on December 12, 1926. He lived there until 1944 when he went to Wichita to work. The 2005 Kansas Legislature passed a bill funding the WWII Veterans Oral History grant program. This transcript is from one of the nine community institutions that received these grants. The transcript from the interview is presented here; the original video copy of the interview is available through the Doniphan County Historical Society (Troy) and through the Kansas State Historical Society.

Creator: Breeze, Robert
Date: 5 January 2007

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Item Number: 212188
Call Number: World War II Oral Histories Project
KSHS Identifier: DaRT ID: 212188

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