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Robert Idol was drafted into the Army (Infantry) in 1945 and served until 1947 in the Quartermaster Battalion. He was stationed in Manila, Philippines, and was involved in arrangements to sent troops home. He was in Manila when the Philippines received its independence on July 4, 1946. Both General Eisenhower and Gen. MacArthur were there for the event and Idol saw both of them. He family lived in Robinson, Kansas when he was born on October 25, 1926, but he was born in a hospital in St. Joseph, Missouri. After attending Kansas University on the G. I. Bill, he became a third generation banker in the family bank. He was interviewed by Suzette McCord-Rogers on Feb. 1, 2008. 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: Idol, Robert Milward
Date: 1 February 2008

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Item Number: 212212
Call Number: World War II Oral Histories Project
KSHS Identifier: DaRT ID: 212212

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