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Lyle Yingling was drafted into the Army Infantry in November 1942 and sent to a Camp Adair, Oregon, for basic training. Yingling was assigned to the 4th Quartermaster company and his two friends were assigned to combat companies. The Division was sent on maneuvers around Bend, Oregon, and Yingling described being promoted rapidly from private first class to corporal and then to staff sergeant in charge of one of three transportation platoons. The platoon, composed of four squads, had sixteen big trucks and trailers they used to transport troops, equipment, and supplies. From Oregon, the Division was sent to California, Arizona, and then to Camp Carson near Colorado Springs, Colorado. In 1944, after D-Day, it was shipped to LeHavre, France. He and his platoon moved behind the front lines to deliver replacement troops, equipment and supplies to combat troops, and taking German prisoners-of-war to the rear. He was in Germany when the war in Europe ended in May 1945. He was sent back to the States for a two week furlough before he was to report to San Luis Obispo, California for amphibious training in preparation for the invasion of Japan. Yingling was discharged in October 1945 and returned home to Kansas. He was interviewed by Suzette McCord-Rogers on Jan 27, 2007. He was born west of Hiawatha on October 21, 1913. 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: Yingling, Lyle
Date: 27 January 2007

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Item Number: 212234
Call Number: World War II Oral Histories Project
KSHS Identifier: DaRT ID: 212234

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