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Petty Officer First Class John Shuster was drafted into the Navy in 1943 and served until 1946 in the Landing Craft Repair Unit. Most of his service in WWII was in Shoemaker, California. He served two years in the Marines after WWII and served in the Navy in Japan from 1949 through 1953 during the Korean War. He was born in Wathena, Kansas, September 8, 1924. He graduated from Wathena High School. His father was a farmer, growing corn and grapes. After the war, he drove 18-wheeler trucks. He used the G.I. Bill to take flying lessons and to buy his home. He was interviewed by Suzette McCord-Rogers on Jan. 1, 2007. 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: Shuster, John Edward
Date: 1 January 2007

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Item Number: 212222
Call Number: World War II Oral Histories Project
KSHS Identifier: DaRT ID: 212222

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