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Orvel Criqui enlisted in the Navy in 1944 and served until 1946. He was sent to Cornell College in Mount Vernon, Iowa for Navy Aviation training. He was then sent to Las Vegas, New Mexico but he became ill with pneumonia and scarlet fever. He was sent to a hospital in San Diego. He was slow to recover and received an honorable medical discharge. Interviewed by Pattie Johnston on Aug 23, 2007, Criqui talked about military experiences in the Second World War. Criqui was born on a farm near Melvern, Osage County on May 28, 1924. He married his wife Eleanor while he was in the hospital in San Diego. After the war, he attended Emporia State University on the G. I. Bill and became a teacher. The 2005 Kansas Legislature passed a bill funding the WWII Veterans Oral History grant program. This transcript is from one of the community institutions receiving grants. The transcript of the interview is presented here; the original video copy of the interview is available through the Watkins Community Museum of History (Lawrence) and through the Kansas State Historical Society.

Creator: Criqui, Orvel
Date: August 23, 2007

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Item Number: 214316
Call Number: World War II Oral Histories Project
KSHS Identifier: DaRT ID: 214316

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