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Harold Arnold enlisted in the Navy in 1944 and served until 1946 on the USS Kwajalein. Interviewed by Suzette McCord-Rogers on May 4, 2007, Arnold talked about military experiences in the Second World War. He describes a program the Navy had that allowed men who were graduating from high school before they were 18 to join the Navy. He did training at Camp Wallace, Texas. He was then assigned to the USS Kwajalein, an escort class carrier that transported airplanes in the Pacific. He provides a detailed description of being in Typhoon Cobra (December 17-18, 1944)aboard ship. He left the Navy in May-June, 1946. He attended Kansas State University and bought his home using the G. I. Bill. He was born in Holton, Kansas, in 1926. He lived in Hiawatha and Holton as an adult. 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 Doniphan County Historical Society (Troy) and through the Kansas State Historical Society.

Creator: Arnold, Harold Eugene
Date: May 4, 2007

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Item Number: 218585
Call Number: World War II Oral Histories Project
KSHS Identifier: DaRT ID: 218585

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