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Technical Sergeant Raymond Patton was drafted into the Army (Infantry) in 1943 and served until 1946 in the 104th Infantry Division, 555th Anti-Aircraft Automatic Weapons. He was trained in Texas, Louisiana, and Florida. His service was in Euport as an intelligence officer working with batteries of anti-aircraft automatic weapons. The batteries were located in various places and would share information back and forth with headquarters of the 555th. He worked with Harold B. Welch (Laura Bush's father) who was a master gunner in his unit. He used the GI Bill to attend business school and worked for Bartley Mortgage Company in St. Joseph, Missouri. He was born in St. Joseph, Missouri, on March 31, 1924. He was interviewed by Suzette McCord-Rogers on Jan 29, 2007, in Troy, Kansas. 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: Patton, Raymond
Date: 29 January 2007

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Item Number: 212217
Call Number: World War II Oral Histories Project
KSHS Identifier: DaRT ID: 212217

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