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Lawrence H. Vertin was drafted into the Army (Infantry) in September 1942 and served in the 96th Infantry Division until December 1946. He did his basic training at Camp Adair, Oregon and then did mountain maneuvers at Ft. Lewis, Washington. He did desert maneuvers in Ben, Oregon, and amphibious maneuvers in San Diego, California. He was sent Oahu, Hawaii and was part of the American invasion forces at Leyte, Philippines in November of 1944. They landed on Okinawa on April 1, 1945, with numerous casualties during the 80 day battle. Vertin was wounded and sent to hospitals in Guam, Oahu, Hawaii, and various places in the U.S. for his recovery. After the war, he returned to his parents' orchard and fruit farm near Wathena, Kansas. He used the G. I. Bill for a farm training education program. He was interviewed by Suzette McCord-Rogers on Feb 24, 2007. He was born near Palermo, Kansas on March 13, 1922. 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: Vertin, Lawrence H.
Date: 24 February 2007

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Item Number: 212225
Call Number: World War II Oral Histories Project
KSHS Identifier: DaRT ID: 212225

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